New Book Claims to Chronicle Trump’s Ties to Russia in Bombshell Exposé

What’s on your holiday reading list?

Glenn read three A.G. Riddle novels over the Thanksgiving holiday: the sci-fi thrillers “Pandemic,” “Genome” and “The Atlantis Gene.”

“What you really need is some dark technology stuff because you just don’t go down that road naturally so you need a little push,” Stu joked on today’s show.

“He was pushing all my buttons,” Glenn said. “I mean, I was awake till 3 o’clock in the morning.”

Listen to the full clip (above) to find out what “compelling” book made Glenn stop halfway through so he could do some more research on what purports to be a bombshell political exposé about the 2016 election.

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GLENN: So I read -- I read a series of books. I read his book Pandemic and then Genome.

STU: Novels?

GLENN: Yeah, and then The Atlantis Gene. I just -- I fell in love with his premise. And it's kind of technology and evolution.

STU: Yeah. What you really need is some dark technology stuff. Because you just don't go down that road naturally.

GLENN: Naturally.

STU: So you need a little push.

GLENN: No, he played into it. No, he was pushing all my buttons. I mean, I was awake until 3 o'clock in the morning. I mean, I read three novels in a week.

But I also read about half of the book Collusion by Luke Harding. And I stopped. Because I thought, I need Stu to read this. Because I need you to really -- I want to get your perspective before I go down this road. Because this was written by a guy who was -- I think he was the Asian and Russian desk at the Guardian. And has some really incredible sources. And he's put a new spin on -- on the whole Russian interference and the role that Flynn and others played, knowingly. Some pretty dark stuff there.

STU: Yeah.

GLENN: Before I go down this road anymore, I just -- I want to go down with -- I want to go down with some friends here looking for red flags on this. We have to really vet it really well. Because it's a pretty compelling book.

STU: It seems that one of the charges here, just scanning here, is that they actually think that Russia helped Trump win. Which, I just dismiss out of hand. I don't know.

GLENN: Okay. So no. I think that's -- I think that's hyperbole.

STU: Uh-huh.

GLENN: They agree, at least this is the impression I have in the parts that I've read, that they just want chaos. They just want -- if Russia wins, they just want chaos. So they're doing everything they can to create chaos. And to create a distrust of the system by Americans. Okay?

So they win either way. But they make a pretty compelling case on how long they've been trying to get to Donald Trump and -- and -- and they did get to the people all around him. And I haven't -- I haven't gotten much further into it than that. Because there's just so much that I need to check all the footnotes on. And make sure that it's not some hack job on this.

STU: Yeah. I think it's -- if nothing else, you want to know what the charges are. What's going to be brought up.

GLENN: Yeah. I think this is the worst that anybody has brought up so far. You know, this is -- this is what they're looking for. And this book claims to have a lot of the stuff. And if you really -- and I don't want to get into a situation to where I'm arguing something, and I haven't read the other side. You know what I mean? If the charges are there, we need to know it.

It's kind of like when we first -- when Al Gore's movie first came out. And I went to it. And Stu went, oh, no. This could be really bad. Because I left there saying to Stu, I want to investigate, turn over every stone. He makes a compelling case.

If you don't know the facts. So let's turn over every stone. And you should do that with this book called Collusion. Turn over every stone. But we need to know the argument. Because it's pretty damning.

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​How it was

It doesn't look like much yet, but just you wait and see!

By request a photo tour of the restored cabin. I start doing the interior design in earnest tomorrow after the show, but all of the construction guys are now done. So I mopped the floors, washed the sheets, some friends helped by washing the windows. And now the unofficial / official tour.

The Property

The views are absolutely stunning and completely peaceful.

The Hong Kong protesters flocking to the streets in opposition to the Chinese government have a new symbol to display their defiance: the Stars and Stripes. Upset over the looming threat to their freedom, the American flag symbolizes everything they cherish and are fighting to preserve.

But it seems our president isn't returning the love.

Trump recently doubled down on the United States' indifference to the conflict, after initially commenting that whatever happens is between Hong Kong and China alone. But he's wrong — what happens is crucial in spreading the liberal values that America wants to accompany us on the world stage. After all, "America First" doesn't mean merely focusing on our own domestic problems. It means supporting liberal democracy everywhere.

The protests have been raging on the streets since April, when the government of Hong Kong proposed an extradition bill that would have allowed them to send accused criminals to be tried in mainland China. Of course, when dealing with a communist regime, that's a terrifying prospect — and one that threatens the judicial independence of the city. Thankfully, the protesters succeeded in getting Hong Kong's leaders to suspend the bill from consideration. But everyone knew that the bill was a blatant attempt by the Chinese government to encroach on Hong Kong's autonomy. And now Hong Kong's people are demanding full-on democratic reforms to halt any similar moves in the future.

After a generation under the "one country, two systems" policy, the people of Hong Kong are accustomed to much greater political and economic freedom relative to the rest of China. For the protesters, it's about more than a single bill. Resisting Xi Jinping and the Communist Party means the survival of a liberal democracy within distance of China's totalitarian grasp — a goal that should be shared by the United States. Instead, President Trump has retreated to his administration's flawed "America First" mindset.

This is an ideal opportunity for the United States to assert our strength by supporting democratic values abroad. In his inaugural address, Trump said he wanted "friendship and goodwill with the nations of the world" while "understanding that it is the right of all nations to put their interests first." But at what point is respecting sovereignty enabling dictatorships? American interests are shaped by the principles of our founding: political freedom, free markets, and human rights. Conversely, the interests of China's Communist Party are the exact opposite. When these values come into conflict, as they have in Hong Kong, it's our responsibility to take a stand for freedom — even if those who need it aren't within our country's borders.

Of course, that's not a call for military action. Putting pressure on Hong Kong is a matter of rhetoric and positioning — vital tenets of effective diplomacy. When it comes to heavy-handed world powers, it's an approach that can really work. When the Solidarity movement began organizing against communism in Poland, President Reagan openly condemned the Soviet military's imposition of martial law. His administration's support for the pro-democracy movement helped the Polish people gain liberal reforms from the Soviet regime. Similarly, President Trump doesn't need to be overly cautious about retribution from Xi Jinping and the Chinese government. Open, strong support for democracy in Hong Kong not only advances America's governing principles, but also weakens China's brand of authoritarianism.

After creating a commission to study the role of human rights in U.S. foreign policy, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wrote last month that the principles of our Constitution are central "not only to Americans," but to the rest of the world. He was right — putting "America First" means being the first advocate for freedom across the globe. Nothing shows the strength of our country more than when, in crucial moments of their own history, other nations find inspiration in our flag.

Let's join the people of Hong Kong in their defiance of tyranny.

Matt Liles is a writer and Young Voices contributor from Austin, Texas.

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