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Week in politics: Following President Trump’s Asia trip, fallout from memo on Clinton/DNC deal and more




US President Donald Trump shakes hands with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (R) during a news conference at Akasaka Palace in Tokyo on November 6, 2017.
US President Donald Trump shakes hands with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (R) during a news conference at Akasaka Palace in Tokyo on November 6, 2017.
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President Trump is in the middle of a big trip through Asia with a focus on security, trade and strengthening diplomatic relations with some of the U.S.’s closest allies in the area.

After a short stop in Hawaii, President Trump flew to Tokyo over the weekend where he met with Japanese royalty as well as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to talk about trade as well as the Japanese-American alliance in facing the North Korean nuclear threat. We’ll look at the goals President Trump aims to accomplish during the trip and preview the other countries he’s slated to visit, including South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines, where he’ll attend a political summit.

We’ve heard a lot about turmoil within the GOP in recent weeks, but the Democratic Party is dealing with internal issues of its own after an excerpt from former interim Democratic National Committee chair Donna Brazile’s forthcoming memoir was published last week. A memo has since surfaced detailing a deal between the DNC and Hillary For America (HFA) where the campaign agreed to help raise money in exchange for control over certain DNC decision-making. The excerpt has raised questions about just how much control the Clinton campaign had over the nomination process and what the impact might have been on then-candidate Bernie Sanders’ campaign.

We’ll also preview Tuesday’s highly-contested governor’s race in Virginia, explain how Special Counsel Robert Mueller has enough evidence to bring charges against former White House National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, and examine reports of ties between U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and companies with links to the Kremlin.

Guests:

Matt Rodriguez, Democratic strategist and founder and chief executive officer of Rodriguez Strategies; he is also a former senior Obama advisor in 2008; he tweets @RodStrategies

Pete Peterson, dean of the School of Public Policy and senior fellow at The Davenport Institute at Pepperdine University; he tweets @Pete4CA

Nomiki Konst, correspondent for The Young Turks Network and a former Bernie Sanders surrogate in 2016; currently sits on the DNC's Unity Reform Commission