KPCC AirTalk: Could the Comey memo bring down the presidency?

From this morning's AirTalk with Matt - a discussion on the Comey memo and it's resulting effects on political strategy. The article below is directly from KPCC's website and can be found here along with audio. 

The Trump White House is on the defense again following the latest disclosure about alleged conversations between the president and since-fired FBI Director Jim Comey.

The New York Times first reported and Comey has since confirmed he wrote memos detailing his perceptions of meetings with the president. Comey claims Trump asked him to drop the federal investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s connections with Russia during the presidential campaign. House Oversight Committee chair, Republican Congressman Jason Chaffetz, has requested that the FBI turn over all documents it has on conversations between President Trump and Jim Comey, saying that if the memo exists, his committee will get its hands on it.

The New York Times broke another big story yesterday, revealing that it was Israel who shared classified intelligence that President Trump is said to have disclosed to Russian officials during a visit to the White House last week.

If provable, would it be obstruction of justice? How are each of the political parties responding? What is each party’s respective strategy moving forward?


John Q. Barrett, law professor at St. John’s University in New York; he worked on the prosecutorial team for the independent counsel’s office during the Iran-Contra affair

Lisa Mascaro, Los Angeles Times congressional reporter; she tweets @LisaMascaro

Matt Rodriguez, Democratic strategist and founder and chief executive officer of Rodriguez Strategies; he is also a former senior Obama advisor in 2008; he tweets @RodStrategies

Sean T. Walsh, Republican political analyst and partner at Wilson Walsh Consulting in San Francisco; he is a former adviser to California Governors Pete Wilson and Arnold Schwarzenegger and a former White House staffer for Presidents Reagan and H.W. Bush