The central question in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation is whether a foreign agent interfered in our electoral process and whether the Trump campaign colluded in that effort.
Yet, some Congressional Republicans and conservative commentators are instead diverting attention to 'deep state' conspiracy theories involving text messages, 'secret societies,' and memos as proof the FBI is secretly trying to undermine the president. There is no evidence.
At what cost to the credibility of our nation's law enforcement do we put party over country?
Also this hour: Many of us look back on Watergate as a moment when the country united around a shared morality that had little tolerance for the subterfuge of Richard Nixon. History tells of dogged investigators, conspirators who turned on him, and an engaged public all working from the same set of facts.
But, it didn't really happen that way. A number of events almost changed the outcome. In reality, shenanigans directed at the Mueller investigation are similar to the antics of Watergate.
- Emily Bazelon - Lecturer at Yale Law School, staff writer for the New York Times, the author of Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy, and co-host on Slate’s podcast, Political Gabfest.
- Leon Neyfakh - Writes about crime for Slate Magazine and has a podcast on Watergate called Slow Burn
Colin McEnroe and Chion Wolf contributed to this show.