Until recently, historians believed America gave asylum only to key Nazi scientists after World War II, along with some less famous perpetrators who managed to sneak in and who eventually were exposed by Nazi hunters. But the truth is much worse, and has been covered up for decades: the CIA and FBI brought thousands of perpetrators to America as possible assets against their new Cold War enemies.
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A discussion about Attorney General Jeff Sessions recusing himself from any investigation into charges that Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election. Guest host Jeff Glor is joined by Karen Tumulty of the Washington Post and Eric Lichtblau of The New York Times.
We continue with author PJ O'Rourke, whose new book is called
"How The Hell Did This Happen? The Election of 2016."
We conclude with Molly Haskell interviewing filmmaker & artist Agnès Varda.
A fight over a draft order that would rescind protections for transgender students in public schools has erupted inside the Trump administration, pitting Attorney General Jeff Sessions against the secretary of education, Betsy DeVos.
"Fight Erupts in Trump Administration Over Transgender Students’ Rights" is from the February 22, 2017 U.S. section of The New York Times. It was written by Jeremy W. Peters, Eric Lichtblau and Jo Becker and narrated by Keith Sellon-Wright.
President Donald Trump fired his acting attorney general Monday night, removing her as the nation’s top law enforcement officer after she defiantly refused to defend his executive order closing the nation’s borders to refugees and people from predominantly Muslim countries.
Tonight on the program, guest host Major Garrett discusses the FBI's recommendation on Hillary Clinton with Ari Melber, chief legal correspondent for MSNBC, and Eric Lichtblau of The New York Times.
Next, an update on the U.S. presidential election with Bob Costa of The Washington Post, Anne Gearan of The Washington Post, and Colleen McCain Nelson of The Wall Street Journal.
We conclude with a discussion on artificial intelligence with Lucy Suchman of Lancaster University, Nathaniel Popper of the New York Times, and Zeynep Tufekci of the University of North Carolina.
In normal circumstances, a “no comment” from the Justice Department on the status of any investigation would be standard practice. And certainly there has never been any indication that Trump himself was the target of inquiries by the department and congressional intelligence committees into possible contacts between his associates and members of the Russian government.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions, facing a storm of criticism over newly disclosed contacts with the Russian ambassador to the United States, recused himself Thursday from any investigation into charges that Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election.
"Jeff Sessions Recuses Himself From Russia Inquiry" is from the March 03, 2017 U.S. section of The New York Times. It was written by Mark Landler and Eric Lichtblau and narrated by Caroline Miller.
The top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday called for the appointment of a special counsel to lead the criminal investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, saying the appointment was necessary to shield the inquiry from the appearance of political interference by the Trump administration.
"Democrats Seek Special Counsel to Investigate Russian Election Interference" is from the March 07, 2017 U.S. section of The New York Times. It was written by Charlie Savage and Eric Lichtblau and narrated by Fleet Cooper.
Democrats on the Senate Finance Committee sought to stall the confirmations of Steven Mnuchin and Tom Price, President Donald Trump’s picks for Treasury secretary and secretary of Health and Human Services, by refusing to attend scheduled votes Tuesday.
"Democrats Skip Votes, Delaying Confirmation of Trump Nominees" is from the January 31, 2017 U.S. section of The New York Times. It was written by Alan Rappeport and Eric Lichtblau and narrated by Keith Sellon-Wright.
Republicans, who are expected to hold up to five hearings on Wednesday alone, say they simply want to ensure the new president has a team in place as soon as possible. “I believe all the president-elect’s Cabinet appointments will be confirmed,” Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the majority leader, said.
"Senate to Push Nominees by Trump Before Vetting" is from the January 07, 2017 U.S. section of The New York Times. It was written by Jennifer Steinhauer and Eric Lichtblau and narrated by Fleet Cooper.
A divided Senate Judiciary Committee approved the nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions as attorney general Wednesday, despite a fierce pushback from Democrats over President Donald Trump’s firing this week of the Justice Department’s acting chief, who had objected to the administration’s refugee policy.
"Sessions Approved as Attorney General by Senate Committee" is from the February 01, 2017 U.S. section of The New York Times. It was written by Eric Lichtblau and narrated by Keith Sellon-Wright.
Since Trump announced his choice for attorney general, Sessions’ history with issues of race had assumed center stage. A committee hearing on his nomination included searing indictments from black Democratic lawmakers like Rep. John Lewis of Georgia, the civil rights icon, and Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey, who broke with Senate tradition to testify against a peer.
Across the vast federal bureaucracy, Donald Trump’s arrival in the White House has spread anxiety, frustration, fear and resistance among many of the 2 million nonpolitical civil servants who say they work for the public, not a particular president.
"Civil Servants Sense ‘Dread’ in Trump Era" is from the February 11, 2017 U.S section of The New York Times. It was written by Michael D. Shear and Eric Lichtblau and narrated by Barbara Benjamin-Creel.
Nearly two years after the death of a black man in police custody set off violent riots here, the Justice Department and city leaders announced a long-sought agreement Thursday to impose greater oversight and training on the police force.
"Baltimore Agrees to Broad Change for Troubled Police Dept." is from the January 12, 2017 U.S. section of The New York Times. It was written by Eric Lichtblau and narrated by Keith Sellon-Wright.
"CIA Judgment on Russia Built on Swell of Evidence" is from the December 11, 2016 United States section of The New York Times. It was written by Mark Mazzetti and Eric Lichtblau and narrated by Caroline Miller.
The inspector general, Michael E. Horowitz, will not look into the decision not to prosecute Clinton or her aides. But he will review actions Comey took that Clinton and many of her supporters believe cost her the election.
Being the minority party, the Democrats would face long odds in trying to derail any of the nominations. They are, however, seeking to delay Republicans’ plans to open hearings Tuesday until the nominees have completed FBI background checks.
"Republicans See Little Reason to Wait on Hearings" is from the January 08, 2017 U.S. section of The New York Times. It was written by Eric Lichtblau and narrated by Kristi Burns.
"Trump Camp Refuses to Close Door on Campaign Pledge to 'Lock Her up'" is from the November 12, 2016 United States section of The New York Times. It was written by Eric Lichtblau and narrated by Barbara Benjamin-Creel.
"Justice Department to Track Use of Force by Police across U.S." is from the October 13, 2016 US section of The New York Times. It was written by Eric Lichtblau and narrated by Kristi Burns.
"U.S. Indicts Dozens in $300 Million Indian Call Center Scheme" is from the October 27, 2016 US section of The New York Times. It was written by Eric Lichtblau and narrated by Kristi Burns.