It has been memo madness on Capitol Hill since the Republican-controlled House Intelligence Committee authorized the release of one written by Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), which claims the FBI abused its authority when it used that infamous dossier as part of its case to extend surveillance on former Trump campaign advisor Carter Page. When President Donald Trump signed off on the memo’s release, he claimed victory, tweeting, “this memo totally vindicates ‘Trump’ in probe.” But Democrats disagreed —and drafted a 10-page memo of their own, which they say rebutts flaws in the original memo. Renée Landers, a law professor and constitutional law expert at Suffolk University, and the former federal prosecutor who tried the James “Whitey” Bulger case, Brian Kelly, joined Jim Braude to discuss.
New details in the investigation of former Senate President Stan Rosenberg have Beacon Hill buzzing about whether he will return to his post. Over the weekend, a Boston Globe report revealed that his husband, Bryon Hefner, had full access to Rosenberg’s official Senate email account. This follows a November report in which the Globe uncovered multiple claims of sexual harassment and assault against Hefner by people who were concerned about his influence in the Senate. Rosenberg temporarily stepped aside from his role as president in response. The latest Globe report also claims that Hefner managed to influence senators to include an amendment into last year’s budget — an accusation that Rosenberg has forcefully denied. State House News Service reporter Katie Lannan and Boston Globe State House Bureau Chief Frank Phillips joined Jim Braude to discuss what the revelations mean for the investigation and whether Rosenberg’s days in the Senate are numbered.
Jim Braude shares his thoughts on a tweet House Majority Leader Paul Ryan deleted over the weekend, and a rare — but unfortunate — show of bipartisanship.