Episode #187: A “Nothingburger?” More Like a Whopper Jr.
Questions about whether there was any proof about Russians willing to help the Trump campaign disappeared this week, as it was revealed that Donald Trump Jr., presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner and then-Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort sat down with someone close to the Kremlin in 2016 who promised damaging information about Hillary Clinton. Aaron Blake of the Washington Post reminds us of the months-long set of denials and whether this is an indication of some sort of collusion.
The Trump administration has ordered up a Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, citing the possibility that 3-5 million people illegally cast votes in 2016. Others say this commission is really about putting up more roadblocks on citizens’ right to vote. Michael Waldman of the Brennan Center for Justice says “integrity” is not a word that belongs in this commission’s title.
And we hear from Roland Burris, the longtime Illinois officeholder who was infamously appointed to the U.S. Senate in 2008 by the scandal-tarred Gov. Rod Blagojevich. It was eight years ago this week that Burris announced he would not seek to hold onto his seat. He explains that decision, along with offering highlights from his career.
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