wildly curious
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations

President Trump and US Intelligence Agencies

Dave Newman via Flickr/CC BY 2.0)

Thursday, we’re talking about President Donald Trump’s relationship with the country’s intelligence agencies. Our guest is Tim Weiner, who has written books about the FBI, CIA, and President Richard Nixon. He warns that Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey and his crusade to stop leaks have historical precedents in Nixon’s ultimately self-defeating actions. We’ll talk about that, and explore what Trump’s leak of classified information to Russia could mean for national security.

Tim Weiner is an author and a former New York Times correspondent. He won a Pulitzer Prize for his reporting on black budget spending by the Pentagon and the CIA. His 2007 book Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA won the National Book Award for Nonfiction. He's also the author of Enemies: A History of the FBI and One Man Against the World: The Tragedy of Richard Nixon.