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FBI agents and National Guard soldiers patrol on the Esplanade before the Boston Pops Fourth of July Concert at the Hatch Shell in Boston, Thursday, July 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
FBI agents and National Guard soldiers patrol on the Esplanade before the Boston Pops Fourth of July Concert at the Hatch Shell in Boston, Thursday, July 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

With guest host Meghna Chakrabarti. 

The FBI and the Russia investigation. Anti-Trump text messages between FBI officials are raising concerns about bias in the agency. We dig in.

Clip from this full show: A 'Daily Battle' To Stop Trump From Firing Mueller

"These are efforts to undermine institutions that we count on for democracy to function in the United States."

Greg Miller, Washington Post

Guests:

Del Quentin Wilber, Department of Justice reporter for the Wall Street Journal. (@DelWilber)

Greg Miller, intelligence writer for the Washington Post. (@gregpmiller)

From The Reading List:

Washington Post: Doubting The Intelligence, Trump Pursues Putin And Leaves A Russian Threat Unchecked — "Nearly a year into his presidency, Trump continues to reject the evidence that Russia waged an assault on a pillar of American democracy and supported his run for the White House.

The result is without obvious parallel in U.S. history, a situation in which the personal insecurities of the president — and his refusal to accept what even many in his administration regard as objective reality — have impaired the government’s response to a national security threat. The repercussions radiate across the government."

Wall Street Journal: FBI Agent Removed From Russia Probe Held Dim View Of Sanders, Holder — "Two FBI employees who worked for Special Counsel Robert Mueller have been criticized by Republicans for texts they shared insulting President Trump. A review of their correspondence shows Mr. Trump wasn’t their only target: they held dim views of other prominent figures, from former Attorney General Eric Holder to Sen. Bernie Sanders."

President Trump says he’s not considering firing special counsel Robert Mueller. Fox News is amping up the counter-Mueller rhetoric, suggesting the investigation might be “a coup in America”, after text messages from a former investigator calling Trump an “idiot” during the campaign. That agent got fired. But Mueller’s critics want more. This hour, On Point: fact, spin, and bias charges in the Mueller investigation. --Meghna Chakrabarti 

This program aired on December 18, 2017.

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