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Crosstalk: June 1, 2017

​Jim Kouri is the founder and CEO of Kouri Associates, a homeland security, public safety, and political consulting firm. He's formerly fifth vice-president, now a board member of the National Association of Chiefs of Police. He has also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country.

According to Kouri, an investigation was started by the FBI due to allegations that Russia colluded with the Trump campaign. The FBI found no evidence of any collusion. Then when Hillary Clinton lost, Trump's opponents went back to that same narrative. Jim hasn't seen any evidence of collusion between Russia and Trump.

Kouri then noted how just after turning on his computer, the front story on AOL dealt with the number of individuals who want to see Trump impeached. But as he asked, impeached for what?

Could it be over the so-called, 'back channel' between Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law, and the Russians? As Kouri noted, the media went ballistic over that story yet no one said anything when Valerie Jarrett talked to the Iranians through a back channel. The response was similar when President Obama and his people were talking to the Cubans through a back channel.

Kouri doesn't trust the media. He believes a lot of stories are made up. He admits sometimes you have an anonymous source for a story, for instance when talking to a covert agent or someone whose family may be jeopardized if they came forward. But when you read a front page story in the New York Times indicating that every one of the sources is anonymous, that tells him they have no sources.

In sworn testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, former FBI Director James Comey said that under his watch he was never told to stop an investigation for political reasons. Then after he was fired, all of a sudden there is evidence? Kouri believes Comey is very casual with the truth. We saw that with the Hillary Clinton investigation. Kouri pointed to what may be part of the problem when he noted that Comey never was an FBI agent. He was a U.S. attorney but that's a political job. He's a politician and as such, he plays games with language.

As the program progresses, Kouri discussed the apparent stone-walling by Comey; his feelings regarding Robert Mueller who is the special counsel on the Comey firing; the death of Seth Rich, the DNC's auditor who was looking into voter fraud that may have been committed by Democrats; and much more.

 

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