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"robert weissman" Discussed on WBZ NewsRadio 1030

WBZ NewsRadio 1030

08:00 min | 1 year ago

"robert weissman" Discussed on WBZ NewsRadio 1030

"Playing the New Jersey Devils opening up there Season tonight, first period just wrapping up in there up one zip. And when it comes to Wall Street today, not the best to ride across the board. Really The Dow Jones losing 69 points NASDAQ Down 16.5 in the S and P 500 today, shedding just about 14.5. All right, 807. It's time for night side. Stick around. I'm Nicole Davis WBZ Boston's news radio. It's night side with Dan Ray until you BZ Boston's news radio. Thank you very much too Cool. Davis. It's Thursday night. Where did this rain come from? Everybody said it was gonna be a nice day, and then Friday was going to start to cloud up. It was gonna rain on Saturday. I don't know. Sometimes these weather guys nail it the guys and gals nailing then sometimes they miss a little bit Well, whatever it's it's pouring out there now from what I can from what I can here Good evening, everybody. Welcome on in. This is a Thursday night edition of Night Side. My name is Daniel. I am the host of the program. By the way, those of you who are interested we do a little thing every afternoon at 4 30 on Facebook. We call it nightside pregame when myself for Morita, also known as lightning, one of the producers of this program. We sit at Facebook WBC nightside with Dan, right, and we'll tell you what's coming up tonight on the show. We do a little back and forth about 10 Minutes is kind of fun. Feel free to join us there any night. Any afternoon. I should say 4 30 East Coast time. Particularly if you're listening. You like to say one of those people look like Morita and again. Also a k a lightning. A lot of the producers have more than one. Name it something about being a producer Rob Brooks only has one name, and Rob Brooks, of course, is back in the control room tonight, setting up What we're gonna be doing first. Our good take a little bit of a break. We're gonna be doing a lot of national politics some national politics later on tonight, but first our want to talk about what's going on with the vaccine with Corona virus vaccine here in Massachusetts, Get to that in a moment. Then, at nine o'clock tonight, a very interesting guest. Someone who I think will be of really is clear. He's going to talk about social media. His name is sin on around. He's the director of the MIT initiative on the digital economy. He has written a book that came out a couple of months ago called the Hype Machine. How Social Media disrupts our elections, our economy and our health and how we must adapt so we will talk with him during the nine o'clock hour. The whole question. Obviously, about The decisions that Twitter and Facebook and all all of these social media companies are making not only towards President Trump but also about Competitive companies include including parlor. We'll get into all of that You get into the whole conversation about whether or not Congress and there are people on both the left and the right in Washington in the Senate. That would like to remove the they called the section 2 30 protections for Social media, meaning social media. They were supposed to be simply platforms on and because they were platforms and people could post on those platforms they were given. Some protections by Congress, which now some people feel they are abusing or they are. They're going beyond what the concept of platforms and they're becoming. Publishers will explain all of that. 10 o'clock tonight, We'll be talking with John Solomon. John is an investigative reporter out of Washington. D C. Works for the hill. Hey, is filed a very interesting Freedom of Information Act request. With the what they call the Metropolitan Police Department, the D. C Metropolitan Police Department. So it's the MPD in Washington, D C. To get some information on who knew what? When in advance with riot of last week, January 6th, so I think he'll he'll have some interesting things to say about that. And what Nancy Pelosi and Mitch McConnell Might have been made aware of. Let's we'll wait to hear for him Toe tell us that story. But I want to start off very quickly very quickly, and we're going to go to break real quickly because I think it's a pretty simple question. Here. We are in Massachusetts. If you read the It was the Globe today a piece by Robert Weissman and Kate Lazar. Talked about Massachusetts ranking 25th. Right in the middle of the 50 states, and I think there are only 50 states. I don't think that just to Colombia has been admitted as yet, But as of this moment, there's still only 50 states. Massachusetts ranks 25th amongst all of the states. In per capita vaccinations. Now we are, I think. The medical capital of America. Someone are you with the medical capital of the world. People come from all over the world to receive advanced medical treatment and somehow, some way We are behind the state of New York it every other New England state, so it's got nothing to do with weather. The weather has been really very cooperative this winter. To be honest with you. On Lee about I guess 223,000. Approximately vaccine doses have been administered here in Massachusetts now in other states around the country. They're blowing our doors off. So the question is, um, Have we overthought it here in Massachusetts? By the way, the governor yesterday announced pretty clearly who's going to get and who's not going to get right off the bat. Shots, vaccinations. And, of course, once you get the first vaccine against, depending on whether it's moderna or or any of the vaccines, and some of them are are, too I guess Johnson and Johnson is going to be a one dose vaccine, but that's not available until March. But the vaccines that are now available to doses so you've got to get one. And then that first shot As I guess the members of Congress have found out takes a few days for efficacy, toe begin toe take hold, and then, within a period of like, three or four weeks, you got to get the second shot. I have wasted the first shot. So my question is gonna be really simple. Do you feel weird doing a bang up job here in Massachusetts getting people vaccinated and we'll talk about who's getting vaccinated and who's not getting vaccinated. The CDC says anyone over the age of 65 Should be able to get vaccinated. That's not the case here in Massachusetts, the people over the age of 65. They won't be vaccinated till sometime in February. You're over 75 in Massachusetts. You're okay. But if you 74 a half you're not okay. But if you're in prison, you're going to be taken care of. So we're going to talk to about all of that. In this first hour 617 to 5 for 10 30 Triple 8929 10 30. You would think that we would have been better prepared and that we would be leading the nation in terms of vaccinations. Quite the contrary. We're just in the middle of the pack stuck in the middle again. Nightside returns Give us a call Ladies line is open. 617931 10 30. If you've already got your vaccination, won't you tell us? How Andre How onerous was it? I know in other states around the country supermarkets pharmacies are are giving doing vaccinations. There's some others ideas here in Massachusetts. I think it was in the also in the in the globe today. Delta Dental says Hey, yet we have 5000 dentists around the state. You They know how to give shots when you get Nova. Kate, I think they should give vaccinations. My name's Dan. Right. This is 8 15. It is a Thursday ready Thursday night in Boston. We will keep you warm and comfortable. And I hope you are woman.

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"robert weissman" Discussed on Radio Free Nashville

Radio Free Nashville

05:48 min | 1 year ago

"robert weissman" Discussed on Radio Free Nashville

"Herman University Book Club. Today we're reading from unequal protection corporations became people and how you can fight back. This is from Page 218. The subhead is if corporations are persons why aren't their crimes in the crime statistics? Every year, the Federal Bureau of Investigation Issues a press release on it's a Uniform crime reporting program, which determines the nation's crime index. It's reports it reports crimes by persons which excludes strangely enough corporate persons, even when the corporations have been convicted of felonies. In its entire history of the F B. I has never issued a report on crimes by corporate persons. Although its reports on crimes by human persons air, well researched and well publicized they have shot of this is that when you ask people home, the most money and property are stolen or how most people are killed. I think of burglars and muggers and bank robbers and crimes of passion. I think of human persons. The reality, though, is that more money and property are stolen by or lost to corporate criminals than to human criminals. Russell, Malcolm Burns, Corporate crime reporter noted that in 1998 when the FBI estimated robberies and burglaries that almost $4 billion Cost of corporate crimes was in the hundreds of billions. As it is every year. These include security scams that ran around $15 billion that year car repair fraud that hit around $40 billion that year insurance swindles and corporate fraud. Down on your health insurance HMOs, hospital buildings, the runs between 104 $100 billion a year. 100 times greater than all the burglaries in the country combined. Then there are the occasional really big crimes like Neil Bush's savings and loan scandal that then Attorney General Dick Thornburgh called the biggest white collar swindle in history. For the actions of bank stirs and defense contractors. They get no investigations whatsoever from either the Bush for the Obama administration's More people die as a result of corporate activity that because of the actions of deranged killers or overwrought spouses were into corporate crime report of the F B. I reported that in 1919 98 saw about 19,000 Americans Murder to the hands of other people. That same year, 56,000 people died from work related diseases like black long and ask, bestow, Sis. I went unreported by the FBI and many times that number died from the silent violence of pollution contaminated food as it is consumer products in hospital malpractice. Much of the human death caused by corporate activity has argue about arguable benefits, for example, the many cancers caused by compounds associated with plastics or pesticides. But the cost of these deaths isn't factored into the unit cost of the products. So there's no financial incentive for industry to develop toxin for your talks and reduced alternatives or to use the more expensive but less off toxic alternatives that already exist. This is a product process. Excuse me, know Nas, internalizing profits and Externalizing costs. Corporation. Profits from the toxins in the public pays for the cancer's both in health care costs and lost productivity from sick and dying workers. It's been a standard operating procedure for centuries and was pushed back against for only a few decades in the 19 sixties and seventies. The consumer movement that came out of the publication of Rachel Carlson's book, Silent Spring and Ralph Nader's book Unsafe at any speed. Since the Reagan administration, however, dumping externalities on the public has become a common and accepted practice across the business spectrum. One of the easiest ways to do it is to simply move the toxin, producing her tox and using factory or process. The company would lack to a country with lax environmental and labor laws like China or Vietnam. So that not only are labor costs Lord, but more importantly, the cost of dealing with externalities like workmen's compensation from injury and exposure and toxic emissions and death in the workplace. With all those costs dropped zero or close to it. And then there are the big mistakes. In 1998 1 of America's largest meatpacking companies replaced a refrigerating unit on one of its processing lines. Shortly thereafter, the detectors had had in place on the line. Look for the deadly cold loving bacteria like Lister, Listeria Monitor monocytogenes started to react, indicating high levels of bacterial contamination. The company's response was immediate. Caroline Smith, the wall of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, told reporters. Russell Russell, Malcolm burned, Robert Weissman quote. Then their studies started coming up positive. So they stopped testing. Cos. Fourth Amendment right to privacy blocked surprise inspections by the government. You're a person, right? Detectors were apparently turned off for a full month before the Centers for Disease Control, frantically trying to find the source of the bacteria that was killing people, mostly Children. All over. The United States used DNA fingerprinting to track the bacteria that is causing the nationwide outbreak of listeria back to the plant, provoking a nationwide recall of millions of pounds of the product. But during that month, hundreds of people consuming this product, this company's products were sickened by listeria. 21 humans died from it. US Attorney's office Great Mokhiber. Weissman said that there was insufficient evidence to bring a felony charge against the company is said the company paid a $200,000 fine and issued an unprecedented joint press release through the Bush administration's USDA that managed to say that the company had paid the fine without ever mentioning the brand name of the product. It'd contaminated and caused the deaths. This is truly amazing. I mean, this is Corporate crime, Kwasi us more and kills more people, and we don't even talk about it. It's amazing. Anyhow, the book is unequal.

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"robert weissman" Discussed on KZSC 88.1 FM Santa Cruz

KZSC 88.1 FM Santa Cruz

03:58 min | 1 year ago

"robert weissman" Discussed on KZSC 88.1 FM Santa Cruz

"Least eighteen employees died and more than forty five hundred tested positive for coke at nineteen at Walmart at least eighteen Walmart employees have died and Amazon workers say they were denied paid sick leave and there were insufficient protections at least six employees have died and at least nine hundred employees have gotten sick public citizen warns Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell's push to grant companies immunity from corona virus related liability lawsuits retroactively from December of twenty nineteen until twenty twenty five would only encourage even worse corporate negligence critics point to the state of Utah which recently passed legislation to immunize businesses from corona virus related litigation as a state reopened to companies instructed their staff to ignore safety guidelines resulting in sixty eight new coronavirus infections connected to those companies and no way for people to hold them accountable Ohio Democrat senator Sherrod brown says workers not corporations need protections workers and consumers need protection from corporations not the other way around it's even more true during this pandemic when millions of Americans risk their health and safety to go to work we've heard disturbing widespread reports of unsafe workplaces leading to preventable illnesses and deaths again we should make it making it easier not harder to hold corporations accountable to keep their workers safe Allen says he's introduced legislation to address the issue one bill would extend the time workers have to sue their employer for violating labor laws another the covert nineteen every worker protection act would make it a law to provide specific safety measures to protect workers from the corona virus currently the trump administration has only issued guidelines to companies not mandates Robert Weissman president of public citizen says McConnell's corporate immunity law isn't even necessary because under existing laws it will be hard to hold companies accountable if their workers catch the corona virus a lot of them are gonna be precluded by forced arbitration provisions that will prevent people from either bring cases in court or joining together in class actions they're gonna have issues of proof because anyone could be exposed to crime virus through outside of the workplace so there are a lot of barriers however the fact of the cases may be brought does it have an important deterrent effect on corporate wrongdoing if we were forced to submit to be subjected to the kind of munity that Mitch McConnell's proposing we would lose that deterrent effect and it is a certainty that we would have more corporate irresponsibility more exposure to the virus and more preventable unnecessary sickness and death the trump administration's labor secretary testified before the Senate earlier this week they received more than five thousand labor complaints but they've issued one citation Weisman points out that not all Republicans are behind Senate leader Mitch McConnell's push for corporate immunity Utah Republican Mike Lee is among those who favor states rights over federal law I'm Kristin on instead reporting for KPFA outside Oakland's highland hospital today Eric Salgado's family and protesters came out in support of Brianna Colombo thanks I got as a pregnant girlfriend who was also shot when the California highway patrol shot and killed Saddam himself so I got his family say they haven't been allowed to speak to her or visit her during the four days she's been staying in the hospital K. buffets Chris Lee has the story.

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"robert weissman" Discussed on Radio Free Nashville

Radio Free Nashville

11:11 min | 2 years ago

"robert weissman" Discussed on Radio Free Nashville

"Steve needs a wheelchair to move on a ventilator to help the books health justice now Timothy fost moreover this is Tom Hartman program welcome back let's check in with Robert Weissman our old buddy the president of public citizen citizen dot org is the website and you can treat him out to a public underscore citizen or at rob underscore Weissman robber walking back to the program Hey it's good to be with you thank you for joining us I am reading stories that trump is an investor in some of these private pharmaceutical companies that might be manufacturing corona virus tests kids or that you know another and this is this the second that apparently that's from his disclosure forms from two years ago I don't know if it's still the case and then the other is the is it I may or may not be a conspiracy theory but or if it were an explanation that the reason why you know South Korea has tested one hundred eighty thousand people and we have tested via we don't know of because the CDC doesn't publish anymore but probably far fewer than a thousand United States is that it's it's ray Reaganomics essentially it's this a neo liberal believe that government can't do anything right so you just you know you don't do anything until the disaster so great that there's an opportunity for private corporation make a lot of money and then you wait for the private corporation to jump in and and fix things you know this is this is Hey there has been sold to us and a whole bunch of other areas over the years and in many isn't kind of a libertarian ideology what's going on with all this and what are you guys looking into in the in the in these contexts of instead of helping the middle class the poor is trump trying to help himself as bodies yeah well this is obviously a really big deal and it's going to get a lot of bigger and so there's layers of the issue I think on the testing side the real problem was incompetence and blunders at the centers for disease control which I think reflects badly ship by the the head of the CDC was about appointment by the president and also to me that no one can really explain which is why the CDC insisted it had to develop its own kids rather than relying on ones that have been developed in other countries including in South Korea as you say that that's it public health very significant I don't think there's a big profiteering going on and that space at the other end of the spectrum there is potentially huge amount of money and a corona virus vaccine we've done some diet some deep dive into who's been doing research on corona viruses and the answer is it's almost been done entirely by the U. S. government since two thousand and two the nationals to somehow spent about seven hundred million dollars because our indie action stars broke out in two thousand and two and very little down by the private sector there are a few companies are doing work in this space but they are themselves relying on government grants when I was a lot of money but if you actually take talk to understand how the pharmaceutical companies to help their claims when they say they're doing work on R. and D. where they do all kinds of adjustments for the risk of failure and the cost of capital and counting interest lost interest rate and stuff like that it would be at least ten times that figure so that a lot of federal money that's gone and decline of ours our indie work we're gonna get a vaccine can take awhile but the question is will that vaccine be licensed exclusively or given over the knobbly to one company and what the government pay the manufacture that vaccine you know the cost of making it and some small properly let them charge monopoly prices were very worried about how that's going to go wasn't sure how to Human Services and said look we really can't interfere with innovation act we put some reasonable price controls on it and the answer is the elevation is all being done by the federal government anyway so were you just talking about giving away monopolies for no purpose if you don't put some price control and license not exclusively wasn't this an issue in the debate around this eight billion dollar piece of legislation to to fund to complete our response to the coronavirus and and I I believe that the Democrats in the house were trying does include language in that legislation that would prevent basically price gouging or or crisis profiteering by pharmaceutical companies it did that survive is it or not yes it was it was a part of the fight and the answer is no we didn't really survive there is language in about and trying to ensure reasonable and fair pricing but it says the secretary of health and Human Services should use the authority that he already has to achieve this objective so it doesn't add anything at all it includes some worrisome languages says yeah you should do that but you should make sure to do any to slow the development of a vaccine which of course you should split it all meant but far more did you know you would try to use that language is an excuse to block any efforts to to control and maintain reasonable prices I understand we're talking there are always been the president of public citizen citizen dot org I understand that your organization ad and has joined with seventy other organizations across the country basically calling for trump not to allow big pharma to profiteer on the crown of ours what are the mechanisms available to us me to you as the as you know as as the president of this group and and the other groups to us to people like me as as just be a citizens calling legislators regulars the enter one of the mechanisms available to us to try to either a put some teeth into that or be if it has to be you know moral persuasion do it effectively yeah well I think the more we talk about it the better it's going to be and it's yes it is true that secretary Alex Taylor the head of HHS could solve this problem on its own if you were so inclined under existing existing authority would be better if there is conventional management only one rely on a the trump administration I'm hopeful not certain but I'm hopeful that it's going to go well first of all because of you so outrageous to giveaway a monopoly in this situation that price gouging take place that maybe just a public pressure will be sufficient to prevent or happening second of all it's not just a matter sort of moral outrage or or even just as or even the ability of an individual to get access to the vaccine it's really about the public health need to make sure the vaccine is available to everyone just you know the vaccine itself won't work as a public health intervention I miss everybody can get it but I think that's going to force even the trump administration to to make sure that we're not price cash on this are I I know that this vaccine companies many companies manufacture Maxine's pharmaceutical companies manufacturing excellence have a mind boggling amount of a liability limitation you know they've got a long a lot of barriers to suing them holding them responsible the federal government is set up power backs the nation you know if your damaged by a vaccine the federal government compensates you it's apparently to the tune of billions of dollars now it does that have any impact on this is the end and I doubt those laws things that are working or should be revisited yeah whether you need to know be in places as background facts for this to it's a sort of separate question but it's not completely unrelated you know that it is complicated because the as is is you know it is listed on there have been problems a vaccine and you want people to be the people must be compensated you what the companies held responsible I'm on the other hand absent the creation of a public manufacturing capacity which would be a good thing but what we don't yet you know we don't have a place we do need company willing to to manufacture I'm not sure the current system gets the balance so wrong ended in any case I think you're for the immediate crisis which is gonna go on for a little while yeah I guess I was thinking that if I did that he you know it if you're if you're a company making a vaccine and you're rolling it out and let's say it's you know a new measles vaccine or something you know you can take years to do this there's not a great deal of virgin see any contested on large swaths of the population and you can see if it's you know if people you know for three years all respond to it wait wait differently the people who are twelve years older people who are you know real prone to to allergies are more reactive than those who are at center at center you know all those things but this is slam bam thank you ma'am I mean there were trying to get this thing out you know in in as little time as possible probably a year year and a half at the at the most odds are that it will have some side effects are more side effects are you know than than than a normal vaccine just because it's not so tested so much I guess it's I guess the subject my question was will are there adequate protections in place on the one hand and on the other hand into protections for the vaccine manufacturers on the other hand either adequate protections for us you might read getting the vaccine to know that it wasn't done too hastily that there is some live yeah I make people get it resulted in a day we're going to have to rely on the government regulators to to provide the assurances of safety it is as a weekend dad is the regulatory system is a food and drug administration and Jennifer centers for disease control I think that there's still a lot of really serious capacity and commitment to making sure that something is safe before it's rolled out to the general population so I feel reasonably good about that and it and you really what what you know you want that decision to rest with the government public you know what public health officials you don't to corporations making that decision which I think is right to an end moreover you LL you want compensation committees injured you don't rely on the compensation system is the mechanism to ensure safety action just want to ensure safety right they have issues about you know what what are some of your manufactured poorly so it wasn't just that the vaccine didn't work the way we hoped but it wasn't made right well you you do want to hold companies accountable for that kind of thing that's that's really on them right so there's a whole spectrum of stuff here and it's really important that you read all about it in public citizen Susan dot org excuse me Robert Weissman president of public citizen it's always great talking with you I always learn.

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"robert weissman" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM

WNYC 93.9 FM

03:03 min | 2 years ago

"robert weissman" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM

"Place hi it's been ten years since a watershed moment when it comes to money and politics January twenty first twenty ten the US Supreme Court ruled in when it comes to spending cash in elections corporations are effectively the same as people well since then spending on elections has skyrocketed in the twenty twenty campaign is set to be the most expensive yet market place's Kimberly Adams reports how that one case changed campaign finance will hear arguments today in case zero eight two oh five citizens United versus the Federal Election Commission citizens United was technically about whether a private company could advertise a movie opposing Hillary Clinton but it was really about who was allowed to spend money in politics and the Supreme Court decided just about anyone Attorney clean a Mitchell at the firm Foley and Lardner works with Republicans on campaign finance issues she says its citizens United was a win for political speech now a million citizens giving a dollar is it to an organization is incorporated have the same rights as an individual you can spend a million dollars of his own money as one of the campaigns or candidates and not from foreigners citizens United was followed by other legal decisions and regulatory roll backs that lifted contribution limits and helped fuel the rise of the packs in super pacs that are the big spenders in elections today it also fueled backslash citizens United has become almost a dogma there's this would lead Jen an opposition to citizens all hated kicked off by then president Barack Obama who chastise the Supreme Court during his state of the union address last week the Supreme Court reversed a century of law that I believe will open the floodgates for special interests including for corporations to spend without limit what and that's kind of what happened says Tiffany Muller who runs a group and citizens United which well that's pretty obvious as a matter of fact I think it came true even more than we could have expected the special interests have been empowered they're spending more than ever outside spending as in not directly from the campaign went from seven hundred and fifty million dollars in the twenty years before the case up to four point five billion in the decades since then according to the center for responsive politics Robert Weissman is president of the advocacy group public citizen most of the outside spending was favoring Republicans in the early period after citizens United it has now in the last few years a more equalized and he says it's not just that outside spending is at a record high it's also more concentrated with just twenty five people responsible for about half of the money going into big spending super pacs in Washington I'm Kimberly Adams for market place and in this moment your public radio station is doing the work to provide you with.

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"robert weissman" Discussed on KLIF 570 AM

KLIF 570 AM

06:52 min | 2 years ago

"robert weissman" Discussed on KLIF 570 AM

"To hear from you and hear how you feel about the subjects that that we've been talking about again it's interesting to note the words of others at a different time and it's certainly remarkable the extent to which of frankly a beach with power can be abused as well for example you go back to nineteen ninety nine there was a vote on a resolution allowing witnesses to be subpoenaed during the Clinton impeachment trial and the one the US senator voted against allowing witnesses in that trial he also voted for an amendment to prohibit any further evidence argument or deliberations except for two hours of concluding arguments by each side that senator was Chuck Schumer who now of course is saying if you want the truth you have to have witnesses who ever heard of a trial without witnesses and documents well where were you back in the nineteen ninety nine Chucky when you voted against that in every way that you possibly could so it's a it's not gonna be easy I think to to square that with the for example what might happen if in fact witnesses are allowed let's assume that witnesses are allowed and be perfectly reasonable demand by rand Paul of Kentucky the Republican libertarian senator is followed that witnesses for one side also witnesses for the other hunter Biden could certainly be called his testimony would be quite the relevant George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley says because part of the trump defenses that he raise hunter Biden's Ukrainian business dealings it is called with the president of Ukraine as part of the larger concern about corruption and that could just be the beginning of for example there were others in the Obama administration who were warning others in the the higher up levels of that administration the the vice president Biden of was the facing a problem with his son getting into business dealings in Ukraine a former White House energy czar Amos Hochstein said he raised the matter with Biden himself he could be called to testify they could call Christopher Hinds then secretary of state John Kerry step son who broke business ties with hunter Biden over the berries but issue because quote working with bereaved mother was unacceptable unquote they could call former state department officials such as the deputy secretary Antony Blinken who met with hunter Biden during that period of time and the president's legal team could then call non partisan experts to testify the hundred by this contract was corrupt they could call Yoshiko Herrera political science professor at the university of Wisconsin Madison who said quote if Biden is working for the Obama administration all you crave his son should not have been on the board of a company there that could be affected by US policy spearheaded by his father they could call Robert Weissman president of the progressive watchdog public citizen who said it's hard to avoid the conclusion that hunters foreign employers and partners we're seeking to leverage hunter's relationship with Joe either by seeking improper influence order project access to him they give the called professor Turley who's written the Biden contract was so openly corrupt it would have made Jack Abramoff blush and of course they could call Joe Biden himself so would be careful what you wish for Chuck Schumer one eight six six five oh Jimbo and here's AJ in Humboldt County California good evening hi there hi another great show thank you I'd like to talk about Roberts judge justice Roberts road missing a bit okay and bring out that I just read in the room first Democrat here in California that is managing people against false statements and false information to support their claims and people but exaggerating things so I think we talked about this will be for the trump is right that when the transcript first came out which I read the book on the tee shirt it was well written and it was distorted and post you did it again yesterday in a major speech in the house by talking about do me a favor and repeated that not what it says it's yours do us a favor entra already rebuffed well that it said it before whether we shift or not as he did so he tagged with the name should be shipped home because he exaggerated and and chops the streetfighter type of guy if you don't talk it in with you know your stupid points like that hello good whack it's gonna whack him to meet her right and talk about it being a sham so I will blog which admonishes them to stay with the script as written in early well I do I think you'll you may well be be disappointed if you expect to John Roberts to be to assertive in his dealings with this I suspect he will very much follow in the William Rehnquist mold which is as as I said before to add more less as the master of ceremonies of this entire proceeding and did not to get involved I think you're quite correct that he would have a reason to get involved a reason do Isher such an admonishment but I wouldn't expect it to happen he he offered a general opinion beforehand once the gavel falls of this gets under way I think that you will find that to you almost forget the John Roberts is even there one eight six six five oh Jimbo one eight six six five oh five four six two six and on a Friday evening we check in with my the John Marshall of money music dot com hi this is my job the record guys Elton John's album captain fantastic and the brown dirt cowboy was the first album ever to debut at number one on the Billboard album chart a regular black vinyl copy is worth about fifteen dollars but the value for brown vinyl copy can be well fantastic.

"robert weissman" Discussed on C-SPAN Radio

C-SPAN Radio

13:14 min | 2 years ago

"robert weissman" Discussed on C-SPAN Radio

"And president trump have come up with no good reason why there shouldn't be witnesses why there shouldn't be documents we don't know what the witnesses will say we don't know what the documents are the documents will read they might exonerate president trump or they might further incriminate him thanks to a Connell has he's proud to be a partial juror he won't eat we old every senator has to uphold you know to render impartial justice and he said he's proud to be partial that says it all senator both your reaction in what was the last conversation you had with senator Schumer well first on the impartiality is your do thank Chuck Schumer's impartial do you think about all of Warner's impartial now Bernie Sanders impartial so let's quit the charade this is a political exercise a political exercise all I'm asking of Schirmer is that we tree trunk the same way we treated plan we had a procedure that was approved one hundred to nothing Schirmer voted for it to go through the opening arguments have a written question period and then based upon that deciding what witnesses to call we haven't ruled out witnesses we said let's handle this case just like we did with president Clinton fair is fair have you spoken recently started recently with them yeah before left down let word impasse we can't do anything until the speakers of the papers over so everybody enjoy the holidays Sir Howard Weitzman of public citizen you mention that this is a political process Mitch McConnell just mentioned it's a political process that being said how do the two sides come together to create a structure a system set of rules for this trial in this environment well I guess the answer is we're gonna find out and again I think if there's a good faith conversation about this is not that hard to to work out what what's fair rules should should be there's a difference between being impartial and being which is the obligation of the centers and they also take and being oblivious to what the evidences that Senate jurors an advantage for trial are different and jurors in a criminal trial say center jurors aren't supposed to have no knowledge of what happened or not even have an opinion about what happened but they are supposed to be a look at the evidence fairly and I think it is worrisome when senator McConnell says I don't intend to be impartial okay Sir I've I actually have views about what's going on but he's not going to render impartial justice and this is not going to be a good system it's not gonna get possible what about his point about Chuck Schumer and the other democratic senators he asked again with a virtual well hopefully not now and they have proclaimed of them being partial it's again it's one thing to say I've I'm aware what the evidence has been and I have views based on that evidence and saying I will not be impartial right is to say not the saying when you say I'm not impartial you're saying you're going to get to a predetermined outcome whatever the evidence is it's a different era say I look to the evidence I know where it's I think it's going to go maybe new stuff come up I'll change my mind yeah I have to have the possibility of an open mind and you can't have said you're gonna get to an outcome irrespective of what the evidence is now McConnell has said what I just said that's the implication of what if what he's saying when he says I am not impartial speed limit more about witnesses whether they will be called who will allow be allowed to be called what do you want to see happen well there is a way in which this is different than the Clinton precedent in the clean president you had the Ken Starr report work can start an able to interview everyone who is relevant and a lot of people who weren't relevant to the investigation and put together an amazingly detailed and complex report upon which the house voted in which then the Senate could use as a basis for concern what they were going to do in this case the trump administration has refused to turn over documents to the house and has refused to allow the most senior officials who were involved in the direct and most important conversations with the president to testify and the house if the Senate can actually get those documents and hear from those witnesses you can do a better job of rendering impartial justice that is if that if it doesn't so I hope that there will be some witnesses permitted that there will be a requirement of the house that this White House turnover key documents but what what went on related to the controversy Suga calls going in another minute or two but let's go to some more of your trial recommendations that for our guest Weissman ad the Senate should hear the full case before voting tell us more about that recommendation right well again the Senate is making up the rules it doesn't have to go by any pre determined set of standards so it might be hypothetically possible for their case to launch a senator say look I think we should dismiss the case immediately without even hearing any evidence or hear any arguments and about to take place that is hypothetically possible and was a real worry at least I think a month ago we recommend against it at this point I think senator McConnell maker he doesn't intend to do that I think it would be shocking if you did and and a travesty I know it depends on the rules that they can agree to but it how long how long of a trial do you expect I don't know anything more than what sort of the conventional wisdom is I think the short trial without any witnesses or new document is probably two to three weeks longer trial with witnesses probably as a week or so and in time and in terms of the senators say they have been referred to as the the jurors in in this case they have to say in the chamber the entire time during all testimony yeah they need to be there we are going to go through another point of the set a trial recommendations here the trial should be open to the public again sounds simple enough we can watch it on C. span two and elsewhere people will be able to go into the Senate gallery the the place up on the top with the public and can go but walk us through that I look at the trial should be open to the public why is that so important C. span is actually the the case study of why it's so important people watch she spend understand what their government officials are doing there's nothing more important government officials are going to be doing and deciding this it in this impeachment trial the basis of what goes into their thinking the evidence that's presented that should be viewable by the public in real time what else are you looking for as they begin the process of of putting a trial together those are really the most of the the key things did and really to take seriously the obligation for any impart doing of impartial justice that's all we can ask for an end to the centers will arrive at the judgments they do what happens with this set of recommendations other than coming on programs like this who do you send it to well we send it to the Senate we hope it'll help inform the decisions I make have you heard it all back from anybody work conversation with about a lot of senators here let's go to Anne and I'm sorry he was and see for New York for our against as we talk about these the pending Senate impeachment trial good morning you're on the air yes hi good morning how you I just want to make a quick comment if you don't mind us two things that I find quite interesting I feel that Nancy Pelosi should handle the articles of impeachment right away I think that they should go by other historical precedents that was set I DO field goal and I I was reading an interesting book about Franklin Roosevelt and on some of the things that happened in his administration during his tenure and I do feel that the president is allowed to have private counsel I feel that there is a difference between the three executive offices and I I have to say that I do feel that the didn't I don't wanna say last I don't want to see how close look they think it's too simplistic but I do feel that many of the people that were involved in the concrete rationally hearings would not honest I honest as far as being on sale in the US observation I I I I think that I agree I agree with the Enquirer I think that's a great thing that we should have an Inquirer will all of these officials but I was very disheartened by the fact that Adam Schiff was able to make up his own script no I I was I like Alan Dershowitz and I think he's the only one that made sense out of this whole mess he said that they should have a board like they did with the nine eleven that you have people that have no vested interest in it other than that this is a country and that they should have a panel and they should have gone to all of the findings together before they decide which way to go and I think the people running for the presidential office that they should recuse themselves because they have a vested interest in having president trump guilty because they want to take a job just like just senses recused himself I think the people running for office should recuse themselves because you know how did it which way they're going to vote but I think al searchers and that other judge Charlie is that if you had an independent board that wasn't that didn't have a political interested in only the truth then I would say it would have more weight because I you know I just find it ironic that you know all people attending on Mitch McConnell's case when you know that the Democrats working with democratic interests against trump they want any thank you for calling I want to get some other view points in there she laid out a lot of different thoughts there but the first thing she mentioned was that her her interpretation that Nancy Pelosi was withholding the sending of articles of impeachment here is the headline from fox fox news McConnell calls this impeachment delay absurd prediction back down sooner or later what do you make of the fact that the articles of impeachment have not yet been sent over to the Senate yeah I think it's clear that she's going to send them over she says she's going to send them over you know her this is just I think these are normal jockey that goes on and what we have for Washington right now I don't think it's a consequential I do think it's you know there I think their arguments on both sides on this one but I do think that fancy places argue that she can't be sure who she wants to nominate at to rent to make the case in the Senate such as the process is is not without without any merit and obviously she's trying to get some leverage to make sure there is a fair process established in advance before she sends impeachment articles over in that last caller said the folks who are running for reelection should recuse themselves you agree all right no I mean I think the people who are running for re not not reelection she saying like the people who are running for president against I imagine so running against trump should recuse themselves I tell you what the last place they want to be is in the Senate listening to the impeachment trial wanna be in Iowa campaigning they've course they do want to remove trump through electoral means I don't think that means that they're going to be unable to serve as impartial edge injured because of let's hear from Stuart in Mechanicsville Virginia and about a call of a Robert Weissman good morning good morning happy new year again I don't follow no legislative while she took the lead to buy stocks from me she spurred job I don't know of the only thing I would have have to a is that yes witnesses should be called but this time it would be witnesses that serves one also and I'm talking the chalupa you know star testified in front of the Senate both Clintons each one hearing so therefore Adam Schiff is a prosecutor here he controlled everything in the house refuse certain questions to be asked refused witnesses even refuse the Republican Party so I have an eight minority day four yards refuse that this is a joke yes Nancy Pelosi is going to hold this up as long as she can because as long as they can keep it in the news it will hurt Donald Trump that's what they can but I think this is going to backfire in their face big time have a good day John Robert Weissman any reaction what shift is different than star in that.

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"This is a good of a panel of government officials and health care professionals testifying before a Senate Judiciary Committee on at the opioid academic epidemic that is from a December seventeenth you just heard from the acting chair Joni Ernst Republican of Iowa this panel you heard from a doctor Bradley Stein of the rand corporation Patrick Kelly healthcare distribution alliance Dr Radha Hauser vice president of the national community pharmacists association and sue thaw community anti drug coalitions of America C. span radio WCS PFM Washington up next what a portion of this morning's Washington journal now the tables Robert Weissman who is president of the group known as public citizen good morning before we start one to remind us of what public citizen is and your mission we're a nonprofit organization here in Washington DC we've been around for almost fifty years we focus on advancing the health safety democracy and justice interests of Americans the reason we ask you on Mister Weitzman was to talk about the report the list of recommendations that you put together which is right here Senate impeachment trial procedure and there's a look at the cover of if you put this together with citizens for responsibility and ethics in Washington the crew why did you decide to put out this recommendation we trying to say here well the idea obviously is is we wrote this in advance of the house impeachment vote but could see where things are going actually you know there's not obviously not a lot of president American history for having impeachment votes are conducting impeachment trial so the rules actually look it up for grabs and we wanted to share a look at what's been done what we thought should be done going forward really to make sure that the impeachment trial it were to happen in the Senate is a now will would take place under fair and impartial rules we will walk through the different proposals or recommendations that you're putting after let's put the phone numbers on the bottom of the screen or back to the topic of impeachment with Robert Weissman of public citizen and phone numbers will two oh two seven four eight eight thousand one that's the line for Republicans Democrats two oh two seven four eight eight thousand independence two oh two seven four eight eight thousand two before we start digging deeper that Mister Weitzman let me say this headline in The Washington Times today Senate gridlock by impeachment proceedings Republicans scoff at the Loews he moves Democrats line up behind speakers when you see the word Senate gridlock in this particular area will look at the your mind well I think the thing is that this is a partisan process of the political process but when we need the Senate to do is step back from the politicization of it and think through well what are the fair rules were there and they do the easy way to do that is what what with the rules be like if there she was on the other foot as it were and it's not that hard to figure out what the rules should be we have some reason price in from the Clinton impeachment trial I think if you do that you get to a pretty good outcome so let's walk through this you talk about four principles for conducting a full transparent and fair impeachment trial number one according to public citizen should be the trial procedure should be established before the trial commences seems simple and straightforward enough but we're not there at that point yet right yeah that's right we actually don't have any idea what the process is going to be like and this is on you know this that the trial is similar to but different than a traditional trial in many respects but one is there aren't formal rules in place you you go to court the rules are already there and the judge is not making it up as you go on have an impeachment trial actually the Senate has to decide for itself what the rules are going to be and the only sensible way to handle that situation is for the Senate to establish those rules before the process gets underway not make it up as I go along let me jump in on December twenty third the Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell oppose on fox in friends program he commented on his discussions with Chuck Schumer on how to proceed here's a look at what he had to say center her counterpart Mr Schumer had harsh words for you this weekend let me play this week it's a reaction so far senator McConnell.

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"The sports leader here's rod with guest host Marcus Thompson from the athletic on KNBR one oh four five six eight well I'm here in the freezing because of I mean it's it's right it's right I like to me too broad brush Marcus Thompson with that Tom Coughlin lives joining us into bits James Wiseman leaving Memphis not shocked because they usually after the season anyway when coming back but he was in and out of suspension anyway yeah and I was ability he was supposed to come back or he was going to be allowed to come back by the NC a a middle of next month Robert Weissman said now to hell with that a play three games I'm not messing around plain for free not messing with the NC a a I'm out and you know what I don't promise that the NCAA is something that you have to deal with anyway you shouldn't have to you should be able to go right from high school to the pros it should matter nothing was making the right move and now you just hope that James Wiseman does not suffer any sort of injury while he's preparing himself for the NBA because the warriors use him AB so loosely all right John lunchtime hit.

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"Us all three hours I'll be here and I will also be on Hannity tonight three and nine thirty nine thirty PM eastern time six thirty PM Pacific I hope you'll be there I'm all geared up regular role NBC news hunter Biden's legal work in Romania raises new questions about his overseas dealings wow what the final year the Obama administration this just came out an American lawyer traveled to Romania to meet with a business man accused of orchestrating a corrupt land deal the businessman was Gabriel you you gather that a wealthy Romanian real estate tycoon the lawyer brought in to advise him was hunter Biden final year the Obama administration the son of then vice president Joe Biden see a lot of corrupt regimes in companies Michael hunter Biden binds work for Yabba dabba in twenty sixteen one on reported at the time but Joe Biden's involvement in Romania was very much public the vice president was among the leading voices pushing the government to crackdown on corruption there's no evidence that hunter or his father acted improperly or violated any laws how can they never say that when it comes to trump and his family by the way but the arrangement government ethics experts say raises concerns that hunter Biden was used as a prop by Yabba dabba in his effort to Dodge criminal prosecution amber this Yabba dabba is a wealthy Romanian real estate tycoon we don't know what hunter Biden was paid or what he was paid for but it does raise questions of whether this Romanian individual facing criminal charges was actually paying for a connection to the American vice president said Kathleen Clark a Washington University law professor who specializes in government ethics hunter Biden's work overseas primarily in the Ukraine and China has become a subject of the presidential campaign through the efforts of trump has personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani to portray the international dealings as corrupt and just reading what's written in July trump cards the Ukrainian president to launch an investigation of bide related to his son's work for Ukraine gas company according to White House notes on the call triggering the impeachment inquiry under way in the house that's not exactly what happened certainly not exactly the way it happened but we'll move on last week hunter Biden announced he will step down from the board of a Chinese investment company that Joe he joined in October twenty seventeen and in an interview with ABC news released last Tuesday big knowledge showing poor judgment tonight any ethical lapses in taking a position on the border Borisova gas company in Ukraine at a time when his father was leading American policy in the country hunter Biden's activities related to Romania have gotten far less attention now they get more since I'm reading this on the air you'll have the backbenchers in talk radio big and small so like I said anyway let's go on the case against Yabba dabba was set in motion in two thousand five what a businessman lodged a criminal complaint against him and the rector of a Romanian university relating to the south five hundred fifty acre plot of land near Bucharest corner the documents from the European Court of human rights the businessman claimed that Abbott DAB I had purchased the land for significantly less money than it was actually worth and the businessman allege the plot wasn't the property of the university of Akron army but was instead owned by the Romanian government according to the documents Romanian prosecutors initially declined to investigate citing a lack of evidence but in July two thousand eight the country's national anti corruption protection service took over the case the university rector was charged in March two thousand I'm with abusing his position and Yabba dabba the real estate tycoon was charged with complicity in abusive position the documents show two months later yeah but I but was it with the bribery charge yeah my dad was convicted in twenty sixteen but launched an appeal he assembled a high profile legal team to fight the conviction which included former FBI director Louis Freeh according to a release from freeze firm that same year hunter Biden travel to Romania to assist Yabba dabba according to two people familiar with the matter in the near Times was the first report on the younger Biden's involvement in yeah but that this case because they've dropped it all together at the time he was brought in a hunter Biden was performing work for the long firm Boies Schiller Flexner LLP where he was of counsel the firm didn't respond to requests for comment Romania was by then a familiar place to the Biden family a close friend and former Stanford Joe Biden mark getting Stein held the position of US ambassador to Romania from August two thousand nine to September excuse me to December twenty twelve in March twenty twelve hunter's brother beau was asked to do the ribbon cutting at the new US embassy in Bucharest vice president Biden visited Romanian twenty fourteen and delivered a forceful speech against graft corruption is a cancer cancer that eats away the citizens faith in democracy said option is just another form of Tierney turn clear how much assistance hunter Biden provided in Yabba dabba case the remaining in real estate tycoons bid overturn his conviction ultimately failed he was sentenced to seven years in prison in August twenty seventeen according to a press release from freeze for him Romanian police officer showed up a Yabba dabba is home to take him in custody on August second he was nowhere to be found and soon declared a fugitive according to a new site yeah my dad was arrested in London days later free continued working on his behalf Lester a tab Giuliani's long time friend to assist in his Rumanian work hello hiring created what appears in hindsight strange bedfellows Giuliani who's been the loudest critic of hunter Biden's wrecking crew you crane was working on the same side of the younger Biden Romania although he is working with Louis Freeh may not have known anything about by when ABC news asked Giuliani to elaborate on his claims about a hundred bina relating to Romania he offered a terse response I only know rumors about it Yabba dabba who still in London is fighting extradition to Romania according to U. K. officials as Laurie did not return a request for comment Robert Weissman president of public citizen course they called a nonprofit government watchdog group because it's a leftist group but that's okay so that it's hard to avoid the conclusion that hunter Biden securities oversee positions because of his name the Weissman said his conduct pales in comparison to the trump family in there you go so it's something about the tribes even though we're talking bout Romanian hunter Biden the issues raised by hunter binder orders of magnitude less corrosive yeah right anyway hunter by was very busy in Ukraine in China in Romania because the attack on the end on trump is they're hoping they will use this against by but they sure so he was paid again by far in government because of his expertise in the criminal law process in the rain Romania's powers he hasn't received any subpoenas to testify none you would think the Senate intelligence committee might have an interest but Richard Pryor he's not interested at all he's now checked into a nursing home I think he's more concerned about appeasing mark Warner the ranking hack left wing Democrat on that committee then he is in actually doing anything Richard bird is even show up at the capitol building no he's a real professionally spy part is not like Devin newness does anybody even though it Richard burns voice sounds like what you're showing a report watch soon probably twenty twenty four guys not running for reelection either so I guess he's independent from everything but there's Biden says son hunter added again in Romania let's see how the rest of the media follow up I'm sure the constipated news network CNN I'll be all over the Jake tapper who's busy running away from o'keefe over there project veritas check with the P. R. people what we call him seventy five ten I I can't answer your question about whether my producer a sexually harassing people and I'm busy you know trump's a liar impeach trump I'm very busy I posted that by the way on my sites hunter Biden definitely understand mark we have to investigate truck even though we have no evidence of anything we've got to go after trump quid pro quo obstruction of justice collusion house what else can we think of anything else I'll be right back then.

"robert weissman" Discussed on 760 KFMB Radio

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"I'm Marc Lovin are number eight seven seven three eight one three eight one one eight seven seven three eight one three eight one one times they get to I hope you'll stick with us all three hours I'll be here and I will also be on Hannity tonight three and nine thirty nine thirty PM eastern time six thirty PM Pacific I hope you'll be there I'm all geared up regular role NBC news hunter Biden's legal work in Romania raises new questions about his overseas dealings wow what the final year the Obama administration this just came out an American lawyer traveled to Romania to meet with a business man accused of orchestrating a corrupt land deal the businessman was Gabriel you you gather data a wealthy Romanian real estate tycoon the lawyer brought in to advise him was hunter Biden final year the Obama administration the son of then vice president Joe Biden see a lot of corrupt regimes in companies Michael hunter Biden hunter Biden's work for Yabba dabba in twenty sixteen one on reported at the time but Joe Biden's involvement in Romania was very much public the vice president was among the leading voices pushing the government to crackdown on corruption there's no evidence that hunter or his father acted improperly or violated any laws how can they never say that when it comes to trump and his family by the way but the arrangement government ethics experts say raises concerns that hunter Biden was used as a prop I Yabba dabba in his effort to Dodge criminal prosecution amber this Yabba dabba is a wealthy Romanian real estate tycoon we don't know what hunter Biden was paid or what he was paid for but it does raise questions of whether this Romanian individual facing criminal charges was actually paying for a connection to the American vice president said Kathleen Clark a Washington University law professor who specializes in government ethics hunter Biden's work overseas primarily in the Ukraine and China has become a subject of the presidential campaign through the efforts of trump and it's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani to portray the international dealings as corrupt and just reading what's written in July trump purge the Ukrainian president to launch an investigation of bite related to his son's work for Ukraine gas company Crandall White House notes on the call triggering the impeachment inquiry under way in the house that's not exactly what happened certainly not exactly the way it happened but we'll move on last week hunter Biden announced he will step down from the board of a Chinese investment company that Joe he joined in October twenty seventeen and in an interview with ABC news released last Tuesday Hey knowledge showing poor judgment it is not any ethical lapses in taking a position on the board of Borisova gas company in Ukraine at a time when his father was leading American policy in the country hunter Biden's activities related to Romania have gotten far less attention now they get more since I'm reading this on the air don't have the back benches and talk radio big and small so like I said anyway let's go on the case against Abbott data was set in motion in two thousand five when a businessman lodged a criminal complaint against him and the rector of a Romanian university relating to the south five hundred fifty acre plot of land near Bucharest courted the documents from the European Court of human rights the businessman claimed that Abbott that I had purchased the land for significantly less money than it was actually worth and the business man alleged a plot wasn't the property of the university of Akron army but was instead owned by the Romanian government according to the documents Romanian prosecutors initially declined to investigate citing a lack of evidence but in July two thousand eight the country's national anti corruption protection service took over the case the university rector was charged in March two thousand I'm with abusing his position and Yabba dabba the real estate tycoon was charged with complicity in abusive position the documents show two months later yeah but that but was it with a bribery charge yeah my dad was convicted in twenty sixteen but launched an appeal he assembled a high profile legal team to fight the conviction which included former FBI director Louis Freeh according to a release from freeze firm that same year hunter Biden traveled to Romania to assist Yabba dabba according to two people familiar with the matter and the New York times was the first report on the younger Biden's involvement in yeah but that this case because they've dropped it all together at the time he was brought in a hundred Biden was performing work for the law firm Boies Schiller Flexner LLP where he was of counsel the firm didn't respond to requests for comment Romania was by then a familiar place to the Biden family a close friend and former staffer of Joe Biden mark getting Stein held the position of US ambassador to Romania from August two thousand nine to September excuse me to December twenty twelve in March twenty twelve hunter's brother beau was asked to do the ribbon cutting at the new US embassy in Bucharest vice president Biden visited Romanian twenty fourteen and delivered a forceful speech against graft corruption is a cancer cancer that eats away the citizens faith in democracy said option is just another form of Tierney I'm clear how much assistance hunter Biden provided in Yabba dabba case the remaining in real estate tycoons bit overturn his conviction ultimately failed he was sentenced to seven years in prison in August twenty seventeen according to a press release from freeze for Romanian police officer showed up a Yabba dabba some to take him in custody on August second he was nowhere to be found and soon declared a fugitive according to a new site yeah my dad was arrested in London days later free continued working on his behalf Lester a tab Giuliani's long time friend to assist in his remaining in work hello hiring created what appears in hindsight strange bedfellows Giuliani who's been the loudest critic of hunter Biden's wrecking crew you crane was working on the same side of the younger Biden Romania although he is working with Louis Freeh may not have known anything about by when ABC news asked Giuliani to elaborate on his claims about a hundred bina relating to Romania he offered a terse response I only know rumors about it Yabba dabba who still in London is fighting extradition to Romania according to UK officials as Laurie did not return a request for comment Robert Weissman president of public citizen course they called a nonprofit government watchdog group because it's a leftist group but that's okay said that it's hard to avoid the conclusion that hunter Biden securities oversee positions because of his name the Weissman said his contact pales in comparison to the trump family in there you go so it's something about the trumps even though we're talking bout Romanian hundred by the issues raised by hunter binder orders of magnitude less corrosive yeah right anyway hunter by was very busy in Ukraine in China in Romania because the attack on the end on trump is they're hoping they won't use this against by but they sure so he was paid again I find given because of his expertise in the criminal law process and you rang Romania I suppose he hasn't received any subpoenas to testify you would think the Senate intelligence committee might have an interest but Richard Pryor he's not interested at all he's now checked into a nursing home I think he's more concerned about appeasing mark Warner the ranking hack left wing Democrat on that committee then he is in actually doing anything Richard bird is even show up at the capitol building no he's a real professionally spy part is not like Devin newness does anybody even know what Richard burns voice sounds like what you're showing a report watch soon probably twenty twenty four guys not running for reelection either so I guess he's independent from everything but there's Biden says son hunter added again in Romania let's see how the rest of the media follow up I'm sure the constipated news network CNN I'll be all over the Jake tapper who's busy running away from Keith over there project veritas check with the P. R. people what we call him seventy five ten I I can't answer your question about whether my producer a sexually harassing people and I'm busy you know trump's a liar and peach from a very this I posted that by the way on my sites hunter Biden no no no you don't understand mark we have to investigate trump even though we have no evidence of anything we've got to go after trump quid pro quo obstruction of justice collusion yes what else can we think of anything else I'll be right back then Giuliana from Austin Texas raving about her amazing transformation thanks to Janice so I cannot get over how much and how quickly Janice house help me in my bag some puffiness are gone it really.

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"I'm Marc Lovin are number eight seven seven three eight one three eight one one eight seven seven three eight one three eight one one tons they get to I hope you'll stick with us all three hours I'll be here and I will also be on Hannity tonight three and nine thirty nine thirty PM eastern time six thirty PM Pacific I hope you'll be there I'm all geared up regular role NBC news hunter Biden's legal work in Romania raises new questions about his overseas dealings wow what the final year the Obama administration this just came out an American lawyer traveled to Romania to meet with a business man accused of orchestrating a corrupt land deal the businessman was Gabriel you you gather data a wealthy Romanian real estate tycoon the lawyer brought in to advise him was hunter Biden final year the Obama administration the son of then vice president Joe Biden see a lot of corrupt regimes in companies Michael hunter Biden hunter Biden's work for Yabba dabba in twenty sixteen one on reported at the time but Joe Biden's involvement in Romania was very much public the vice president was among the leading voices pushing the government to crackdown on corruption there's no evidence that hunter or his father acted improperly or violated any laws how can they never say that when it comes to trump and his family by the way but the arrangement government ethics experts say raises concerns that hunter Biden was used as a prop by Yabba dabba in his effort to Dodge criminal prosecution member this Yabba dabba is a wealthy remaining in real estate take we don't know what hunter Biden was paid or what he was paid for but it does raise questions of whether this Romanian individual facing criminal charges was actually paying for a connection to the American vice president said Kathleen Clark a Washington University law professor who specializes in government ethics hunter Biden's work overseas primarily in the Ukraine and China has become a subject of the presidential campaign through the efforts of trying and is personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani to portray the international dealings as corrupt and just reading what's written in July trump purge the Ukrainian president to launch an investigation abide related to a sense work for Ukraine gas company Crandall White House notes on the call triggering the impeachment inquiry under way in the house that's not exactly what happened certainly not exactly the way it happened but we'll move on last week hunter Biden announced he will step down from the board of a Chinese investment company that Joe he joined in October twenty seventeen and in an interview with ABC news released last Tuesday Hey knowledge showing poor judgment denied any ethical lapses in taking a position on the board of Burris Matt gas company in Ukraine at a time when his father was leading American policy in the country hunter Biden's activities related to Romania have gotten far less attention now we'll get more since I'm reading this on the air you'll have the back benches and talk radio big and small so like I said anyway let's go on the case against Yabba dabba was set in motion in two thousand five when a businessman lodged a criminal complaint against him and the rector of a Romanian university relating to the self five hundred fifty acre plot of land near Bucharest courted the documents from the European Court of human rights the businessman claimed that Abbott DAB I had purchased the land for significantly less money than it was actually worth and the businessman allege the plot wasn't the property of the university of Akron army but was instead owned by the Romanian government according to the documents Romanian prosecutors initially declined to investigate citing a lack of evidence but in July two thousand eight the country's national anti corruption protection service took over the case the university rector was charged in March two thousand I'm with abusing his position and Yabba dabba the real estate tycoon was charged with complicity in abusive position the documents show two months later yeah but I but was it with a bribery charge yeah my dad was convicted in twenty sixteen but launched an appeal he assembled a high profile legal team to fight the conviction which included former FBI director Louis Freeh according to a release from freeze for him that same year hunter Biden traveled to Romania to assist Yabba dabba according to two people familiar with the matter in the New York times was the first report on the younger Biden's involvement and you happen to have his case because they've dropped it all together at the time he was brought in a hunter Biden was performing work for the law firm Boies Schiller Flexner LLP where he was of counsel the firm didn't respond to requests for comment Romania was by then a familiar place to the Biden family a close friend and former staffer of Joe Biden mark getting Stein held the position of US ambassador to Romania from August two thousand nine to September excuse me to December twenty twelve in March twenty twelve hunter's brother beau was asked to do the ribbon cutting at the new US embassy in Bucharest vice president Biden visited Romanian twenty fourteen and delivered a forceful speech against graft corruption is a cancer cancer that eats away the citizens faith in democracy said option is just another form of Tierney it's unclear how much assistance hunter Biden provided in Yabba dabba case the remaining in real estate tycoons bit overturn his conviction ultimately failed he was sentenced to seven years in prison in August twenty seventeen according to a press release from freeze for her Romanian police officer showed up a Yabba dabba is home to take him in custody on August second he was nowhere to be found and soon declared a fugitive according to a new site yeah my dad was arrested in London days later free continued working on his behalf Lester a tab Giuliani's long time friend to assist in his remaining in work hello hiring created what appears in hindsight strange bedfellows Giuliani who's been allowed us critic of hunter Biden's wrecking crew you crane was working on the same side of the younger Biden Romania although he is working with Louis Freeh may not have known anything about by when ABC news asked Giuliani to elaborate on his claims about a hundred bina relating to Romania he offered a terse response alley no rumors about it Yabba dabba who still in London is fighting extradition to Romania according to UK officials as Laurie did not return a request for comment Robert Weissman president of public citizen course they called a nonprofit government watchdog group because it's a leftist group but that's okay said that it's hard to avoid the conclusion that hunter Biden securities oversee positions because of his name the Weissman said his contact pales in comparison to the trump family in there you go so it's something about the trumps even though we're talking bout Romanian hundred bein the issues raised by hunter binder orders of magnitude less corrosive yeah right anyway hunter by was very busy in Ukraine in China in Romania because the attack on the end on trump is they're hoping they won't use this against by but they sure so he was paid again by far in government because of his expertise in the criminal law process in the rain Romania's powers he hasn't received any subpoenas to testify none you would think the Senate intelligence committee might have an interest but Richard Pryor he's not interested at all he's now checked into a nursing home I think he's more concerned about appeasing mark Warner the ranking hack left wing Democrat on that committee then he is in actually doing anything Richard bird is even show up at the capitol building now he's a real professionally spy part is not like Devin newness this anybody even know what Richard burns voice sounds like what you're showing a report what soon probably twenty twenty four guys not running for reelection either so I guess he's independent from everything but there's Biden says son hunter added again in Romania let's see how the rest of the media follow up I'm sure the constipated news network CNN I'll be all over the Jake tapper who's busy running away from o'keefe over there project veritas not check with the P. R. people what we call him seventy five ten I I can't answer your question about whether my producer a sexually harassing people and I'm busy you know trump's a liar impeach try but very busy I posted that by the way on my sites hunter Biden no no no you don't understand mark we have to investigate trump even though we have no evidence of anything we've got to go after trump quid pro quo obstruction of justice collusion house what else can we think of anything else I'll be right back then.

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Radio Free Nashville

03:30 min | 2 years ago

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"Investigation into the Democrats was part of the reason that he was on the to withhold funding to Freddie the look back to what happened in two thousand sixteen certainly was was part of things that he was worried about in corruption with that nation and that is absolutely rolling to be clear you just described as a quid pro quo it is funding will not flow in less the investigation into the into the server happen as well we do we do we do that all the time with foreign policy not Mick Mulvaney went on to continue to defend the administration's actions I have news for everybody get over it there's going to be political influence in foreign policy Mick Mulvaney is comment shocked many in Washington for directly under cutting president trump's claim that there was no quid pro quo with Ukraine hours after the news conference ended Mulvaney accused the media of misconstruing his comments issuing a statement contradicting his previous remarks the statement read in part quote let me be clear there was absolutely no quid pro quo between Ukrainian military aid in any investigation into the two thousand sixteen election he said the US ambassador to the European Union Gordan psalm one confirm to house impeachment investigators that president trump had delegated Rudy guiliani his personal attorney to be in charge of foreign policy around Ukraine sidestepping the state department Sunland said quote I did not understand until much later that Mister guiliani's agenda might have also included an effort to prompt the Ukrainians to investigate vice president Biden are as son or to involve Ukrainians directly or indirectly in the president's twenty twenty eight reelection campaign he said in related news energy secretary Rick Perry has announced he's resigning by the end of the year he was recently subpoenaed as part of the house impeachment inquiry over his role in Ukraine the White House has announced the next G. seven summit will be held at the trump national to row Miami golf resort in Florida the announcement was widely criticized Robert Weissman president of public citizen said quote it's hard to imagine a more a blatant violation of the constitution's anti corruption provision then the president steering foreign governments to stay at his luxury resort property on quote on Thursday acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney dismissed the criticism claiming the White House had determined the trombone resort what is the best possible site in the entire country to host the summit with all the environment we live in you all know the environment that we live in and he knows exactly that he's going to get these questions in exactly get that reaction from a lot of people he's simply saying okay that's fine I'm willing to take that the same way he takes it when he goes to trial more live in the same place where does play trump Bedminster he got over that a long time ago he acted we absolutely believe this is the best place to have it we're going to have it there and there's going to be folks who will never get over the fact that it's a trump property we get that but we're still going to go there acting chief of staff Mulvaney also revealed one of the world's most pressing issues the climate crisis will not be on the agenda at the G. seven has are looking at the content of what you want to do next year in Florida in June climate change the one of the issues that.

"robert weissman" Discussed on C-SPAN Radio

C-SPAN Radio

10:55 min | 2 years ago

"robert weissman" Discussed on C-SPAN Radio

"Span radio at six PM eastern time today here's a look at the latest job numbers out today hiring slowed in September as employers added a hundred and thirty six thousand jobs possibly opening the door to another federal reserve rate cut however the employment rate fell to three point five percent. that's the latest job numbers for September the Supreme Court said today it will take up abortion cases this term the justices will consider a Louisiana law that requires doctors to obtain admitting privileges from a nearby hospital this is the first abortion case that will be argued in front of the Supreme Court sense justice Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch joining the bench. coming up at the top of the hour we'll get a preview of the U. S. Supreme Court term which begins next week that starts at noon eastern about fifteen minutes from now Chris you can follow all of our coverage online at C. span dot org you can also follow us on Twitter at C. span radio schedule information is there as well until then here is a portion of this morning's Washington journal Robert Weissman is public citizen's president he joins us this morning to talk about broadly political families and conflicts of interest obviously the request of the president for investigation into the Biden family into joke joke hunter Biden in particular the main focus but this is an issue that has affected not just presidential families but families of politicians of all stripes hasn't. yeah it's really becoming Democrat I think is Washington has become a more permanent political town this problem has become more pervasive you have a public citizen has a a new report we can trump proof the the presidency the executive branch ethical also require immediate fixes a number of a number of suggestions in there we'll we'll get to that but what prompted this report by your organization. well you know from our point of view president trump's focus on the purported corruption of Joe Biden is more than ironic it's completely misplaced because he's running the most fundamentally unethical and corrupt administration in modern American history. some of the things he's doing are in violation of the law some of them are taking advantage of loopholes in the law so the idea for this report was. but what happens after trump what can we do to fix the problems that have now been surface because of the abuses of this administration we try to identify a bunch of them in this report give us the top couple of ethics violations that use a that your organization sees that the the the president and his administration have committed yeah well I think the original sin was his refusal and failure to divest his business holdings that's not just an ethical violations a constitutional violation because as businesses are now accepting fines from foreign governments it's a violation of the constitution anti corruption Clausen as the emoluments clause and I think that hit that started on day one of the administration and set the tone for how this administration's function we've also seen throughout the cabinet people from regulated businesses in charge of the agencies that regulate their former industries so for example we have a former pharmaceutical executive running the department of health and Human Services we have a coal company lobbyists running the environment protection agency we've got oil company lobbyists running the department of interior and actually if you go throughout the administration that's the norm and it's matter it's not just an ethical violation they have done the bidding of their former employers would still look as we start the at the that the allegations against hunter Biden this is the headline in the Atlantic hunter Biden's perfectly legal socially acceptable corruption Donald Trump committed and impeachable offense but prominent Americans also shouldn't be leveraging their names for pails from shady clients abroad Serra ches from from the Atlantic writing the piece and she writes that one prominent Americans have leverage their goals their global reputations rather for financial gain they attract almost no attention today how many of us who consider ourselves well versed in US politics and international relations no that alongside her consulting firm secretary of state secretary of state Madeleine Albright started emerging. his hedge fund run by her son in law so the socially acceptable corruption part of that. right and that's what I was referring to me I think is people have. moved to Washington for you know in the old days people come to Washington for four years and leave now there's a permanent political class in Washington people are in government and around government and so were their spouses I'm so we're seeing this kind of problem that's identified in this article by Serra chase yeah and and she's right it is this is a bipartisan problem is not you know I'm just another indictment Republican Party but nor is an indictment of the Democratic Party per se it's really a bipartisan problem and it's pervasive she's focusing on the activities of hunter Biden that you know the source of the accusation from president trump and I think she's right there's zero evidence that what he did was illegal but it doesn't mean was right and the positions he took in the Ukraine and China it's hard to see how he might have. an appointed to those positions but for his relationship with Joe Biden that's not unusual for political families but it's not a good thing Robert Weissman is I guess is president of public citizen walking your calls and comments are lines are for Republicans to a two seven four eight eight thousand one Democrats two oh two seven forty thousand and for independence and others two oh two seven four eight eight thousand and two will get your call shortly tell us about public citizen how we found it how are you funded and what what's your main focus we talked about the the ethics reform plan here but what else right we're almost fifty years old we were founded by Ralph Nader to be the people's representatives and and Washington DC were funded by donations from tens or hundreds of thousands of individuals from some foundations we don't take any government or or corporate funding our focus is on trying to make the government work for regular people got a big focus on consumer advocacy and we're really profoundly concerned about the problems of excessive corporate power how that undermines the functioning of our democracy so we have a very substantial amount of attention devoted to. campaign finance reform and ethics rules because we know if the system if the process doesn't work the outcomes are gonna be things that don't work for the market is there any appetite on Capitol Hill for campaign finance reform. yeah there's huge appetite for in fact the house of representatives passed HR one the first bill the first major bill and the signature bill of this Congress transformative money in politics pro democracy reform legislation that would have among other things replace the current front campaign finance system which is dependent primarily on large donors with one that relies on small donors and substantial matching finding money from the government it would change the way politics works was it a someone come about as a response to the citizens United case I think the energy that came from. the four cross the country in response to citizens United is in fact what now it's ten years in citizens United led to the passage of HR one. your report the public citizen report on the ethics and the sick recommendations for the executive branch the changes that require immediate fixes there there's a lot there but a couple a couple of areas of you want to give us an idea what they're for areas here preventing conflicts of interest involving or proving financial disclosure of candidates in office holders enhancing rules on gifts to candidates and public officials and strengthening strengthening the integrity of every government wants their focus in on a couple of those key points yeah there's a lot there's four main points I think like you know five or six and reach out and the first area the conflict of interest I think that that's the most important one we're really honing in on trump's refusal to divest as businesses and say and if he's able to do that legally because the divestiture in conflict of interest rules don't apply at least formally to the president and vice president the basic rules says you either have to sell your business interests or recuse yourself from matters related to your company the people writing I thought well the president can never refuse him or herself they have to be involved in everything so what is trust of the president to use good judgment previous presidents involuntarily done that there's been no one yeah see Jimmy Carter you know it's sold off his peanut farm interests there's been nothing like this ever of course we haven't had any billionaire presidents previously either so the first roll the first reform we propose is a requirement that the president and the vice president divest themselves of all conflict of interest related investments in business holdings has my parents divest himself of any conflicts of interest yeah I think he has I think I'm I'm not sure actually you know he's not a rich man but I think you know he he's a terminal a normal person has whatever stock portfolio had he has would be invested in a mutual funds and non conflict we have plenty of calls waiting for Robert Weissman about but political about the the the influence of politics and families and ethics issues lots to talk about will go first to bill in Columbia Maryland who's on our on our independent line go ahead. good morning Mr white you know I see the solution on his car campaign finance reform but is term limits so that we can get it is the legislators in there who are going to be in there were multiple terms and start making decisions that are in their best interest rather than the best interests of their constituents in the United States as a whole and the examples used to rob president trump's corruption I know you're focused on the emoluments but in my mind we want citizen legislators people they're gonna comment from the private sector and and serve the country per short period of time and they go back to the private sector and to put all these are obstacles in the in their way that's just going to make it less likely that that would happen and then here are the other example use that is still legal for president trump to. warning people that are maybe on the opposite side the you know for instance the war guy it was a cold guide to the environmental. but I don't think that is a legal up it is you're after for me but it seems to me he has broken and in this everybody saying is the most corrupt president ever but I don't see it I really don't see because the best of the best examples you can come up with this show president trump's Russian I don't think you really have much of a leg to stand on as far as him.

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"robert weissman" Discussed on KGO 810

KGO 810

02:44 min | 2 years ago

"robert weissman" Discussed on KGO 810

"On KGO eight ten. Thursday and well we just heard from Robert Weissman have public citizen and so we are going to spend some time talking when we come back about the impeachment inquiry about Ukraine about China about what the president said this morning on the White House lawn and find out is this tactic of his working see here's what I believe about Donald Trump and we can think about the testimony of a Corey Lewandowski think about the testimony of Brett Kavanaugh think about how obnoxious and belligerent those men were when they were sitting before a congressional committee it in now what's his face's chi Cavanaugh said case it was his confirmation hearing before the United States Senate Judiciary Committee he wanted to be confirmed in the United States Supreme Court and he was treating the democratic members of that August body like trash he was angry he was practically frothing at the mouth he was accusatory he was really good he was nasty he showed the opposite of judicial temperament and it was beyond the pale that he was a a prove to a seat on the Supreme Court after that performance but Donald Trump absolutely the debt. and then there was Corey Lewandowski who showed a a similar kind of disdain for a congressional committee he appeared before that would be the house Judiciary Committee nasty rude belligerent unresponsive just hateful and again the president loved it so it occurs to me that this is a tactic what president trump is doing now with his denials of the Congress with his anger his name calling the vulgarity that he's expressing that this is a tactic he has embraced I wonder is this the right tone tactic or is this just one that Donald Trump rather invented why is it been successful for him in the past and is it going to work this time do you think this is an actual tactic that he is using or do you think that he's kind of losing his mind and he is simply responding emotionally eighty eighty a tennis our telephone number much more to come you're listening to KGO. noon I'm making the Douro this news updates sponsored by Xinyu performing arts president trump is calling on another nation to investigate Joe Biden here's correspondent soccer Madani. and it now China the president says.

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"robert weissman" Discussed on KGO 810

KGO 810

02:27 min | 2 years ago

"robert weissman" Discussed on KGO 810

"The Democrats are saying now it appears as if what they want to do is they want to make this as simple for the American people to understand as possible it seems to me that the impeachment should read like a book because there are so many impeachable offenses that this president appears to have committed do you think that they should go the route of trying to expedite this or D. and make it simple so that the American people can understand it what do you think should be comprehensive and really pursue those crimes or those abuses of his power that the president is perpetrated. I'm a little of gnostic on the question I do think it should be I think what I think is crucial though is that it it there has to be a really clear story I think tribes ammo is to marketing it up I think you actually was pretty effective they're doing that where's the mall report we're just on the obstruction ground he was very clear. very clear what Mahler reported they want a logical conclusion was and trump was successful in making it too confusing for substantial number of Americans to understand what was going on so I think whatever the the route is I think it the story has to be clear it is the case that this Ukraine story is so. so different in character so outrage triggered so on its face outrageous and now supported by. you know a partial transcript summary that trump himself has released. right that is the cleanest of this story that's different than many of the other abuses of power by the administration so one way that I think it has to be simple and I do think it has to move pretty quickly for a variety of reasons I think dragging it out will play the traps ability to make it confusing and the reality of their upcoming election and does. the more space there is I think between impeachment proceedings including the trial the Senate and the election I think the batter yeah you too it's gonna be it's gonna be very partisan anyway but the more can be. distance from that in my view the better off the country will be Robert Weissman I appreciate so much you joining us this afternoon I hope to talk to you again in the near future join us then were you. he has great everybody terrific thank you that's Robert Weissman he is the president of public citizen and I go to their website it is citizen dot O. R. G..

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KGO 810

15:22 min | 2 years ago

"robert weissman" Discussed on KGO 810

"Good afternoon I'm Pat thirst and I am delighted that Robert Weissman is joining us Robert Weissman is president of a public citizen if you're not familiar with public citizen get familiar it is citizen dot O. R. G. they're a nonprofit consumer advocacy organization the champions the public interest in now the halls of power out what they say on the website is we defend democracy resist corporate power and work to ensure that government works for the people not big corporations they have five hundred thousand members and supporters throughout the country they are a marvelous organization Robert Weissman thank you so much for joining us today. Hey it's great to be with you I I'm so happy to have you here because there's so much that's going on in our in our country and if you don't mind I kind of like to start with what just happened this morning on the White House lawn where the president of the United States urged China now to investigate the bidens the Joe Biden of course is anticipated to be his Democrats his presidential rival his you know that the person that he's gonna be vying against for the presidency help us understand this I mean it sounds like it is essentially the same thing as Ukraine there's not they're not holding out you know aid but there is this huge trade war that's going on between trump and China tell us how you perceive this. right so I think people's initial science is increasing unbelievably outrageous and then a pontifical maybe it's this okay and the answer is no your initial sense is correct it is an astounding abuse of presidential power it is absolutely an impeachable offense it is a little bit different than the Ukraine play although as an aside he reiterated his call for Ukraine to investigate the bias this morning as well and I think but I think we also to be mindful of what he's trying to do he tried I think his idea is I'm gonna make I'm gonna do this stuff out in the open now and I'm gonna try to normalize the behavior and claim it is acceptable and see if I can convince a sufficient number of Americans that it is acceptable but I get protected from impeachment and our job is to sort of defend common sense at first principles and a search no it's not acceptable is not acceptable for you to use the most powerful position on the planet. to encourage or pressure foreign countries to interfere in our elections and or to investigate your political rivals it is an astounding actually pretty sad day in America and in Ukraine it even goes beyond the investigation of Joe Biden I mean they also one investigations that have to do with our intelligence agencies and has to do with the F. B. I. it has to do with the origins of the Muller report what is that what is difficult here too is you would think that if the president believes that a crime has been committed that Joe Biden or anybody else has broken the laws of the United States of America that he would call upon the FBI he would call upon officials here in the United States to investigate those alleged crimes for him to turn to a foreign country you know what I mean why would he even do that because they're going to give him the result that he wants. yeah that's right I mean it's it's a little bit dangerous path because it presumes like generating gauges hypothetical what if you believe it Joe Biden committed crimes when in fact he does not believe that Joe Biden committed crimes you are correct the obvious thing for him to do is to encourage a U. S. investigation I don't want to say that and be no repeat that because we don't want a U. S. investigation because there is nothing there exact investigate that's not to say that the bartender come out smelling greatness but there's no there's no evidence there's no reason to suspect any criminal behavior whatsoever it's just an effort and this is why he's going to foreign countries he's trying to generate a lot of smoke and claim work there's corruption on that side close to undermine the viability in candidacy of Joe Biden but also to muck up the true story of corruption which is making tearing out of his presidency every single day you also mentioned in a in a piece that you wrote recently that one of the real issues concerning China has to do with copyright that Donald Trump and Ivanka trump have secured to China what's that about. right so. you know the story that trump is telling about the biting his look hunter Biden the son try to trade on the position of his father when he was vice president to. it didn't for for personal business opportunity and there's some truth to that but it's it's and it's not good but it's also not a crime in contrast what trump himself is doing and what is to adult male children are doing it's not just an ethical violations collectively a constitutional violation because they're taking money from foreign governments while Donald Trump as president the United States in violation of the constitution anti corruption because it's not as familiar with the cost with Ivanka trump she serves in the administration and pretty clear violation of anti nepotism rules in the case of China both trump and a rocket ship Donald Trump and Ivanka trump had expedited approval of copyright requests the trademark request that they had a waiting and than the tiny relevant Chinese offices that could famously slow for those things to move and they moved suddenly very quickly after Donald Trump was elected president of the United States. he plainly as an effort to answer. give a favor to the president I mean that's that's not that's an imaginary benefits that accrue to the president the very concrete and and really an arguable one that did and course is also the bigger question that you were raising one struck now says look part of what I want from China is to investigate Joe Biden how does that get separated from his gigantic trade pop up that's going on it however you whatever you think about the trade topic however you think it should go it's now been inserted into that this is something affecting the health of the global economy and now bay founder or turn on. whether or not or how the Chinese play for this request to interfere in our political process exactly fatherly insane yeah you know what there are some other concerns that I have Robert Weissman and that they center around the entire tea of the trump administration I mean in the past we've had some comfort in believing that the justice department the attorney general's office in particular they did to it it's enjoyed a certain independence from the from the White House that you know they pursued things that were matters of justice that if the Congress for example were to issue a contempt citation that they could rest assured that this is something that could be prosecuted when it was referred to the attorney general's office they can't do that anymore you have Mike Pompeii L. with the state department the secretary of state who now was party to this telephone conversation with the Ukrainian leader and then that does secreting of what the actual evidence was of what was done in that phone call into this secure server that's really designed for the most sensitive of information code word a security there you have people within this administration Mike pence looks dirty in this and what do you do in a case like that because in the past it seems as if the people even Richard Nixon you know he had to show a certain amount of deference to the responsibilities of the Congress the oversight responsibilities of the Congress there was a certain amount of of difference even though they did have to go to the Supreme Court to get some of the evidence that they were seeking this president just to you know he just of the he won't do anything that the Congress has requested of him and he has said openly this is not to abide by any subpoenas that they that they issue that he's not going to give them anything that they're looking for yesterday he said he was going to cooperate but he hasn't cooperated city began his presidency what can the Congress do when they have an executive branch that is so cool ledger. it's so out of control that they will not respect any of the Congress's authority of oversight. yeah well there's you know there's several. really profound claims that you're raising one is the. version of the machinery of the US government to advance the narrow. personal political interest of Donald Trump cigars we're seeing that where is the justice department as you referred and when William Barr seeming to not represent any notion of justice or the public interest but it serves thinking his job is to service Donald trump's personal attorney lot evidence disturbing evidence emerging that she also witnessed with their yeah rages outlandish EPA tax on California trying to. claim that the the crisis of people are homeless is really an environmental disaster would you call that ironic is a massive understatement for an administration is primarily you know we got a fundamental purpose of undermining and destroying the environment protections the data we all rely on so that's one granting a second grand theme is the takeover of the government by corporate interests overlapping but you see this across agencies were regulated parties are the ones who are now in charge of the agency that is supposed to be regulated you got a big pharma executive running the department of health and Human Services you have a coal industry executive running the environmental protection agency you have an oil industry lobbyist running the department of interior you got a list of the same story over over and the third thing is what happens when the president is effectively all does not respect the separation of powers and holds Congress in contempt and the answer is Congress does have a remedy for that and it's impeachment starting team you know it's becoming more more clear by the day of the imperative for the Congress to proceed at a at a deliberate and speedy way with this impeachment process and to to vote for impeachment and forces question over to the Senate yeah yeah I I you know I I know that you're I know that you're a hundred percent right on this I I find this entire thing to be so utterly frustrating I mean I'm glad that trump may get some comeuppance here I think that the Democrats are determined that they're going to do this thing right the Republicans do you have any hope for the Republicans that they're going to find their spines I think is the way Max boot put it do you have any hope that that's going to happen. yeah well. you know he he's he's Republican who is critical of Trabzon or if it's really about. finding their spine that does not sure that's what it is I mean they're they're making political calculations and of course but I think the vast number of them you know find trump style personally distasteful I think they know that a lot of the things he does are are rages constitutional violations I think there are very clear that with a lot of the policy agenda he's put forward so there's there's that but in the day how they're gonna come down is going to be a political judgment and so the the challenge for the public is to make sure the political climate is right for the day do the right thing it's not gonna come from conscience it's going to come from there read other public sentiment and what they're feeling from their constituents we feel that the the field with the country shifting against rob they will eventually turn against shop but they think well actually the base is still struggling with them and brought the country and care so much then they're gonna stick where they are yeah that kind of brings up that the issue of Kevin McCarthy who just send a letter to Nancy Pelosi that the speaker indicating that she's not following the norms for this impeachment inquiry that she's not including Republicans some people are saying that what he said because he's got ten questions that he asks her and he said that this is being handled completely different from the way other impeachment increase for handled including president Clinton and so some people are saying this is just an attempt to slow everything down because they don't want this to be expedited have you had a chance to look at this and do you have an opinion as to whether Kevin McCarthy as a point. I think he doesn't have a point and I think you know Kevin McCarthy and the house Republicans have been. hard for them now having forced into the minority and. although there are occasional attack exceptions by and large they're just utterly obstructionist and and playing for the disease band here is there a lot of things where they could be. cooperating with the Democrats the majority either on oversight on things that regard Tabor on policy matters and. there you know now would be where there where the differences are necessarily is because they are on other topics and that's. you know again with some exceptions that's just not happening at that's the posture that the Republicans have chosen to take it to the same posture that they've taken for well over a decade now and maybe even twenty five years the band how far back you go but certainly counting back to land Brock about was elected president and Mitch McConnell signal that his job was. to ensure the failure of the Obama presidency follow us the pastor of the of the house Republicans right now to do whatever they can to protect chomping advance their partisan interests and. his claims about process and constitutional considerations are. pretty laughable including for among many other reasons because you know speaker Pelosi has come to this very slowly yes she did not want to be in the position she is she says she thinks. you know it's it's sad for the country I actually think she means that when she says that for boys I think substantive and legal and ethical and constitutional and political reasons she did not want to be in the position of having to run an impeachment proceeding but the president has forced her hand by and most of the uses of power and here we are let me ask you one more question because I I know we're running late here and I I do appreciate your time you know with when it comes to what the Democrats are saying now it appears as if what they want to do is they want to make this as simple for the American people to understand as possible it seems to me that the.

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