FULL SHOW: Witch Hunt?, 'I Am Jane Doe,' Commencement Lessons

May 18, 2017

Immediately after Robert Mueller was named special counsel to investigate issues involving Russian election interference, Donald Trump kept his calm. But today was another matter. At an afternoon news conference, he declared, “the whole thing is a witch hunt,” adding “there is no collusion between certainly myself and my campaign.” Earlier in the day, Trump told reporters he believes Mueller's appointment "hurts our country terribly because it shows we're a divided, mixed up, not-unified country." Most in congress say this is a positive development, with members of both sides of the aisle saying Mueller has bipartisan support and will conduct an objective, thorough investigation. So is Mueller really the man for the job? Daniel Small, a partner at Holland & Knight, who served alongside Mueller at the U.S Attorney office in the 80s, and former U.S. Attorney Donald Stern, who worked alongside Mueller both at the Department of Justice and at Hale and Door, joined Jim Braude to discuss.

A new documentary is shining a light on one of the darkest corners of America — sex-trafficking of children. It's a topic that hits close to home, after a Lowell man was just convicted of drugging a 13-year-old girl, raping her and forcing her into prostitution. Two weeks before that, five others were arrested in connection with trafficking women at brothels around Boston. "I Am Jane Doe" takes a broader look at the problem of child sex-trafficking, portraying a labyrinth of horror after gut-wrenching horror brought to us the likes of online classified site Backpage.com, which marketed children as "escorts." The film follows epic courtroom battles, congressional hearings and some of the remarkable young women, along with their mothers, who've survived it all. It's the latest work from former lawyer, Olympic rower and current award-winning filmmaker Mary Mazzio, who joined Jim to talk about it.

IMHO: Jim's thoughts on the best and worst of commencement speeches.


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