"The Plot to Destroy Democracy: How Putin and His Spies Are Undermining America and Dismantling..."

Aug 27, 2018

Our guest is Malcolm Nance, a well-respected intelligence-community member and a counter-terrorism analyst for NBC News and MSNBC. He tells us about his new book, "The Plot to Destroy Democracy: How Putin and His Spies Are Undermining America and Dismantling the West." As was noted of this work by Kirkus Reviews: "Did Donald Trump meet with the Russians before the election? By this account, almost certainly -- and 'virtually all of Trump's senior staff and family had numerous contacts with Russia that were nothing short of suspicious.' It's a remarkable bit of spinning that has allowed right-leaning media to portray Russia, the longtime rival and even enemy of the United States, as our friend. By...Nance's account, the victor in Trump's electoral win was Vladimir Putin, who 'won with the aid of Americans who had turned on their own values.' In this, everyone is implicated, from the putatively liberal media and its obsession with Clinton's emails to pro-Trump voters who cast their ballots for him despite their candidate's 'slavish devotion to Putin.' It's a story that isn't going away, despite what the president might wish. Certainly, Nance writes, the intelligence community is keeping its eye on the prize, and for those in the administration who urge that it's all just misperception and accident, Nance counters, 'coincidence takes a lot of planning.' The author argues that much of that planning originated inside the Kremlin, but much also came from the desk of Steve Bannon, a key actor in forging a vanguard for a new kind of pro-Moscow conservative movement in America.... [This book offers a] convincing and alarming -- and perhaps alarmist -- cry that treason is afoot."