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office, the right-wing media lost its collective mind. but now that trump is president, is the left wing guilty of the exact same thing? and roger waters is on tour this summer, giving fans pink floyd classics and his unique blend of anti-trump imagery and rhetoric. do his fans enjoy it or do they want him to shut up and sing? and they've graduated from college, but they're back home living with their parents in record numbers, is this boomerang generation, actually a good thing? first we learned a great deal this week pertinent to russian meddling in the 2016 election in a succession of stories, "the new york times" reported on a not previously revealed june 9 meeting in trump tower with a russian lawyer attended by donald trump junior, campaign chair paul manafort and son-in-law jared kushner. by the end of the week, another development, others in attendance included a
russian-american lobbyist and former soviet military officer. i want to drill down on the emails that gave rise to that meeting. maybe we hadn't known about the meeting nor the email trail that preceded it. but arguably, russia did. and the russians would have understood the significance, namely the lack of a required disclosure by kushner and the problem the email alone could present for donald trump junior. in other words, it's similar to michael flynn not initially revealing he had met with russian ambassador sergei kislyak. kushner's lack of disclosure and trump junior's email chain at a minimum put them in an embarrassing position. but also could have provided russia with great leverage. knowledge of something damning. but not yet revealed to the american people. those emails are a trial lawyer's dream. suitable for marking as exhibits and highlighting the contents. for example, rob goldstone wrote
to donald junior on june 3, he offered to provide the trump campaign with high-level and sensitive information that would quote incriminate hillary and was part of russia and its government's support for mr. trump. how interested was junior? well it took him all of 17 minutes to reply. that's when at 10:53 a.m. he said, if it's what you say -- i love it. especially later in the summer. we don't know if he colluded. but surely he was game. despite trump junior's initial claim that the focus was adoption, we also know that he invited kushner and manafort to attend that always sounded far-fetched to me. adoption was never mentioned in any of the emails. and why would an adoption meeting require the attendance of the tryiuvirate of trump junior manafort and kushner. days later, referred to the russian government attorney. another red flag that went
unheeded. or maybe it was welcomed. again, it took less than an hour for junior to respond. and then something else. trump junior forwarded the email chain to kushner and manafort, the subject line reading "russian, clinton, private and confidential." so that means that they, too, would have known that this meeting was for the purpose of offering the trump campaign that high-level and sensitive information able to incriminate hillary as part of russia and its government's support of trump over hillary. i have to say that i also find it incredible that there were no follow-up emails regardless of the meeting outcome. and something occurs to me as i put it all together. it's almost too clean. written evidence suggestive, not determinative, but suggestive of collusion. addressed to someone named donald trump. and it all begs this thought, could the meeting itself have been a form of compromise? was trump junior duped? by taking the meeting he exposed
himself, he exposed manafort and kushner to russian leverage. the meeting should never have taken place. the americans involved might not have known that, but the russians surely did. was the real purpose to document evidence of wrongful conduct and then put it in a file on each of these three americans? the russians are known for this aggressive use of compromising information, which they call kompromat. i've got the perfect guess to ask about my theory. keith darden is an american university political scientist, who is writing a book on co kompromat. if i outlined that this in and of it is is the kompromat. >> that's the standard mode of operation for the kgb. if they had material on someone that incriminated them or was morally compromising, something that would embarrass them
publicly. they held that information until the time when it was perhaps useful to employ the person who was the object of that information in a what i that would suit the kgb. and they could come to that person and say look, we have this information on you, it would be a shame if we had to release that. but we have these favors that we need to ask of you. we need you to spy on this neighbor. we need you to open a bank account in this name. we need you to recognize the annexation of crimea. there are all sorts of things that an agent of influence of russian intelligence could be asked to do. this is the primary mode through which they would gain that agent's influence. >> let's distinguish here in the states we speak of opposition research, that's not kompromat. opposition research gets dropped. that's different from what you're describing. >> it's not held in reserve as a way to blackmail the object of
that research. journalists put it out right away. they want to get the scoop. lawyers don't sit on incriminating information, they bring it to trial this is a very different thing. the kgb was not a law enforcement agency. nor was it providing a public service or providing information about people. it was holding that information so that it could blackmail large segments of the population into compliance. >> who is yuri skaratov and what is his treatment? >> he was the former prosecutor-general of the russian federation, so essentially their equivalent of the attorney general. >> he was one of the people trying to take over, become the president of russia after boris yeltsin. he suddenly appeared in a video with two prostitutes in a moscow hotel room. this was publicized and the person who recorded that
information, and who released it to the public was a man named vladimir putin. who we all know quite well now. so that was actually case where the information was not held in reserve, necessarily. in other words, it was used to destroy a political enemy. to create the space for putin to become president. >> is sex often the currency of kompromat. >> there's the honey trap, western businessmen or officials are enticed bay beautiful woman to a hotel room. for an extra marital affair or you know, two prostitutes in the case of yuri skuratov, anything that is morally compromising, in addition to legally compromising is fair game. that's really what they're after. >> is it, is it a fair assumption that a western businessman, someone from the united states in particular, a business leader, or a political leader, who travels to moscow, should take as an article of faith that they will probably be
subject -- if they're at a certain level that they will probably be subject to some attempt at kompromat? >> absolutely. and the bigger fish will almost certainly be watched. so trump was probably a big-enough fish. his sons would also be big fish. they might have even been monitored by their own business partners as a way to gain leverage over a deal. this is such a common practice over there, both for the government and in the private sector. that it's almost inconceivable that he was not observed and recorded in almost everything that he did privately. >> i think we're both thinking of the, and i'll be the first to say, it's never been documented, it's never been substantiated, but the dossier about which he was briefed and about which president obama was briefed on his way out the door. we can't speak to the veracity of what's contained in that dossier, but what i hear you say withing your expertise is that the russians would have attempted the kompromat spoken
in that file is reasonable to your way of thinking. reasonable in the sense that yeah, that's the sort of thing they do. >> they wouldn't have waited for it to happen by accident. in other words, they would have put women in the path to encourage that to happen. but the real compromising information is the conspiracy, with the russian government. and if that comes to light, and the russians, if there was a conspiracy, the russians are holding that information. as you pointed out earlier in the show. that's much more damaging than anything that anybody did with prostitutes in a moscow hotel room. >> let me just wrap and say this -- i mean with the whole issue of the demise of the career of michael flynn, flynn hadn't disclosed the meeting with kislyak. who knew that? kislyak knew that. so presumably that went in the flynn file for kompromat, right? >> that's right and that's exactly when the u.s. government was most worried about. it was not so much what flynn had talked about with kislyak. but the fact that he hid that information from the fbi and from his security clearance disclosures in a way that
compromised him. that's why these meetings in trump tower are so damaging. is this the tip of the iceberg? are there a whole other host of meetings with the russian, with russian government officials? or proxies that are going to incriminate members of the trump team or maybe even the president himself? if there are, the russians know it and they can use it and the trump team knows it. and they are subject to that influence. because they do not want it to come to light. >> i'm going to wrap myself in your curriculum vitae and take off my tinfoil hat. professor, thank you so much for being here. tweet me @smerkonish or go to my facebook page. tell me what you think. what do we have, katherine? smerkonish, do the trump fans who see russia-gate as a nothing burger, what if put-wanted hillary to win? i'm increasingly of the opinion that maybe he favored trump as opposed to hillary. but the real objective is not to
pick a horse in the american race, but to do what he's succeeded in doing. which is to totally throw us off balance and off our game. regardless of who won the election. one more if we can do it quickly. smerkonish, the funny part is both trumps say it was only a short meeting. what if it's short, what, if it's short, it's not a crime? i get the point. t.r. can i say something to you quickly about this? think of our own experiences, our own lives, our own business meetings, you've got email, email, that builds up to a meeting. and the meeting occurs, what, there's no email after the fact, regardless of the outcome? it is incredible to me, i do not believe that after that june 9 meeting, whatever the result, the emails all stopped. how about like, hey, thanks for entertaining us at trump tower, at a minimum there had to be some of that. up ahead, while president obama was in office, the alt-right media went haywire with conspiracy theories. now with president trump in charge, is the alt-left such suffering from the same sim
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under the headline dwgs how the left lost its mind." mckay, let's get this out of the way up front. false equivalents, you now that's what people will say. respond to that. >> i've heard a lot of that. i'm not making an equivalence here. there's no question that the kind of alt-right and broader conservative media have way more influence in the republican party than this fringe universe media does in the democratic party what i wanted to document in the piece is that in the trump era, as liberals have become stressed out and freaked out, this liberal media universe has become a lot more influential. and we've continued to see the plif yags of the liberal news outlets. they've got an lot more influential. i think it's important given what we've seen happen to the republican party, i think it's important to pay close attention to the trends in left-wing media and diagram it.
on the right, i think it was from the clinton era, you saw the real development of fox news and you saw talk radio and you saw the personalities and you saw drudge and later you saw breitbart, et cetera, et cetera. the left already has the nation, the new republic, mother jones, the times editorial page. msnbc. but that's not what you're talking about. you're talking about the rise of other outlets, identify some of them. as a matter of fact, let's talk about blogs and message boards initially. >> sure, yeah. and that's an important point. these are not main stooem liberal news outlets. these are blogs like the palmer report is one of them, a very influential blog that, kind of traffics in speculation and innuendo and straight-up conspiracy theories. often very vaguely sourced and anonymously sourced. and you know there are other ones like shareblue which aspires to be the breitbart of
the left. and luis memch who has gra gained an incredible following on twitter. who has a column that traffics in conspiracy theorys about russia and trump and will go way further than kind of the credible news outlets like the atlantic and cnn will go. >> i guess the point that needs to be made is that it might come from a conspiracy theorist, via twitter on the left. the way that it has on the right. but there's, what do you call it, vip validation that sometimes take place? >> right. that's the key thing here. because i bet a lot of your viewers are watching this and saying i'm a liberal and i've never heard of the palmer report or -- >> exactly. >> but in fact, the reality is i document this in my story. there are, are very influential, important prominent people, whether they're from academia or politics or you know, they are
authors or celebrities who will share these stories from the kind of liberal online fever swamps and they'll share them on twitter without saying i know for a fact this is true. but pass them along cred lousily. in one remarkable case, democratic senator ed markey was giving an interview on cnn and parroted something he had read own the palmer report and journalists followed up with him and he had to retract it and apologi apologize. but the fact that has no credible sourcing and has not been touched by any mainstream news organization is able to bubble up from the bowels of the internet and arrive on the desk of a u.s. senator shows how influential they blogs can be. >> you cite in your piece for the "atlantic" a buzzfeed analysis. put these on the screen. occupy democrats, the other 98% and addicting info. what did buzzfeed find about their facebook postings.
>> the analysis done by buzzfeed was in the final weeks of the presidential election. studied right-wing and left-wing hyperpartisan facebook pages. among the three you mentioned. which taken together have millions of followers, one out of five, about 20% of the stories they posted were either partly or mostly false. and so and i will again, make the point of saying that the conservative facebook pages that were the parallel, were, had an even higher proportion of fake news. but consider that. one out of five stories posted is either partly or mostly false. if you follow one of these facebook pages, which is entirely plausible, you'll see this stuff pumped into your facebook feed. you have to be very cautious about believing and sharing it. there's a good chance that it's not on the level. >> well passion sells. i said prior to this campaign, that the best thing for the alt-right universe, the best thing, would have been for hillary to be elected.
because then to rally the opposition can attract ears and eyes and mouse clicks, so i completely understand this is logical to me that now there's a cottage industry of the hardened left. great, insightful piece, i'm sure you got a lot of blow-back for writing it in the "atlantic" but well done. >> there's been a little blow-back. >> there will be more now, now that you've come on cnn to discuss it. thank you, mckay coppins. is it a rock concert or political platform or both? the summer tour by roger waters, formerly of pink floyd contains lots of anti-trump rhetoric and images. how is it playing in the red states? ♪
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intense culture wars over the presidency of donald trump. kathy griffin, the staging of shakespeare in central park. even stephen colbert. they all might pale in comparison to what has attracted music fans all over the country. roger waters, a founding member and chief lyricist of the legendary band pink floyd, is back on the road this summer. i'm enjoyed his music for 40 years. his politics? sometimes not. waters has amped up the volume. turning one of the summer's biggest tours into one of the most political. several portions of his us-and-them show are as much anti-trump rally as they are rock concert. take a look. ♪ ♪ >> his inflatable pig now has donald trump's face on the side, screens display doctored images of the president vomiting with vladimir putin present, a big baby, depicted as trump and
hitler. he's turned the '70s pink floyd animals orwellian classic pigs three different ones into a diatribe against the charade he sees as the trump white house. there's no debate about the impejable quality of the sound or production values of this waters tour, but the vehemence of the message has taken some by surprise. in new orleans, a few fans left. and according to waters, american express pulled out of its $4 million sponsorship of the tour in america. maintaining its commitment in canada in 2006, i myself was unsettled when watching him perform at madison square garden, the famous pink floyd pig circled over the crowd with a message about prisoner rights at guantanamo bay. seated three miles from ground zero i was in no mood for that five years after 9/11. 15 years after 9/11 i had to admit that waters had a point. but waters is defiant in defense of his music and message,
notwithstanding the way politics has harmed other entertainers. anybody remember the dixie chicks. and this week when i flew to miami to interview him and watch his show, an old waters' criticism surfaced, the charge of antisemitism. the greate miami jewish federation took out an ad in the "miami herald" which said antisemitism are not welcome in miami. waters has drawn ire as a supporter of israel bds, boycott, divestment and sanctions, he's lobbied for performers not to perform in israel and has regarded the israeli treatment of palestinians as apartheid, on this tour his performance is silent on that issue. trading his bass guitar on donald trump. he had illustrated the inflatable pig with a star of david and sickle and hammer. i was invited to a thursday night rehearsal in miami to
witness a dozen local teens from the miami beach parks summer program rehearse "another brick in the wall" with waters. at the last minute, the city pulled the plug on their participation. in the end, other kids did perform the song, but not those who then eagerly rehearsed it. in the midst of that flare-up, i asked roger waters about those charges. >> for my interview with you for cnn i've been flooded with facebook comments that say why are you giving a platform to roger waters, the antisemite to people you say --? >> i'm not antisemite. obviously. it's as plain as you know, your face. i'm not. i've never done anything anti-semitic. what i have done is become an activist to try this is what i said to these kids, right? an informed local official and an organized campaign of
malicious propaganda. which it is. call me an antisemite is malicious propaganda, it's because they want to silence my voice. i'm, my voice speaks in a nonviolent loving resistance to the oppression of an oppressed people. >> more of my exclusive sit-down with roger waters. ♪ ♪ >> let's talk about this, this leader that we've elected in the united states. speak to the audience, tell them the mindset that you put into the presentation of pigs, three different ones. >> we were running to that election. and i did feel very strongly about it. and much, much as i disparage hillary clinton, and i do, i make no bones about it, and
however big the questions are that i might have had with obama and the past administration, donald trump? i watched this guy operating for the last 20 years. >> do you run the risk of helping him by going over the top? >> he, i don't think help or hindering, what we need to survive this presidency. because it's totally unpredictable. i don't think he knows what he's going to do from day to day. >> i'm thinking of a few cultural touchstones recently. i'm thinking of the kathy griffin isis-inspired photograph that she tweeted. i'm thinking of the caesar play in central park. it occurs to me that it plays into his hand in so far as he gets to say look at these liberal entertainers and the liberal establishment, they're all against me. in so far as the criticism is never ending. he's somewhat innoculated from it. >> well maybe, this is the responsibility that you and the mainstream media have is to not allow this to be taken as
seriously as it is. i've sort of stopped watching all the talking heads about russia-gate and this and that and the other. because it seems to me largely irrelevant. there's a larger picture that we could maybe be focusing on. the problem is that entertainment has got mixed up with news. a lot in this country. in consequence you got to keep, i'm not pointing a finger at you. but -- in general, my general sense is that everything has to be entertaining. in consequence, donald trump is great for the mainstream media. he's such a buffoon. >> is there any line you won't cross, as you're putting together the tour? >> of course, i would never be violent in any way. you know, my activism, such as it is, and my protest is always nonviolent. >> are you enjoying yourself on the tour? >> yeah. i am. >> is this the last go-round?
you look great. but -- >> i don't know if it is. who knows. >> maybe. maybe not. i don't know. >> stuff that you've been asking me. >> it would be a lot easier to be on tour. if i appreciate you being so gracious. this week waters will release a new video, "wait for her" which he and his band recorded, the live portions of a few weeks ago in california, here's a sneak peek. ♪ with seven pillows laid out on the stair ♪ ♪ incense fills the air ♪ wait for
>> check in on my twitter and facebook pages which i'm told are exploding with reaction to this interview. go ahead, katherine what do you have? why are you pushing roger's vile hate? you must agree. i made it crystal clear, wayne, i've been a fan of the music for 40-plus years, not the politics. but it's a conversation to have. people are going out to see this all across the country. and the cultural divide is something that i always discuss here. next, what do we have? i'm shocked with the lyrical content of pink floyd that anyone would be surprised that his message would be anti-trump. epic music, that's roger's point. when i said to him that i was unsettled, at madison square garden, in 2006, seeing the pig speak of habeas corpus rights, his message pretty much to me was, well you may is been listening to my music for many, many years, but you weren't paying close attention. there's a consistency to what
he's been saying for all this time. one more, if we have time for it. smerkonish, i just woke up to this on my tv. this is great, the imagery of the concert footage is perfect. artistic and political. lisa, who knows if people are waking up and watching, and saying this is the show i need to see. or holy smokes, i've got tickets for this show and i didn't know what was coming. next, more and more adult kids living at home with their parents, it's a 75-year high. and grandparents are moving in, too. many say that it's a bad trend. but i'm about to talk to an expert who thinks it's a step in the right direction. many parents calling into my sirius xm radio program were definitely on the side of -- bad. >> when my son was 16, he goes dad, when i'm 18 am i going to get a car? i was like, when you're 18 you're going to get a suitcase, a card and a cake.
>> these people were laying around playing video games all day and nobody was doing anything to help. and so i kicked the little bstrds right out. >> i'm chauvinistic if my daughter wanted to move back. wanted to save money. i would let her do it. but my son, i'm giving her three months, he has to have a job to go pay rent.
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if you're watching this, and your adult college grad is down in the basement, sleeping in, you have a lot of company. according to census data, almost 40% of young adults, ages 18-34 are bunking with mom and dad. and it's making a lot of news. "the new york times" saying the boomerang kids won't leave. "the wall street journal" proclaiming it's a 75-year high. how about the fiscal "times" fearing the kids aren't all right. but is living in a household with grandparents, parents and kids really so terrible?
jonathan coppage wrote on that subject for the "washington post." he's a senior visiting fellow hatd the free market think tank, r. street institute. you say we're repeating a pattern that used to be the case. >> that's absolutely right. what's important to recognize is that people living with their families is not at all a new trend. but rather the way that things used to be. we've taken to understanding ourselves through the lens of a very weird place in american history. which was the 1950s. but when you look at the greater suite of our country's history, people lived with their parents as a norm. and parents then lived with their kids. what was important is that they contributed. and it's not a matter of fact that living at home means that you're dependant. can you still absolutely be productive. but can you take advantage of the familial support. >> what accounts for this? >> so it's a really interesting trend. some of this is delayed
marriage. and part of this is that in the '60s we had the youngest marriage, age of first marriage in american history. and so we grew to expect that. as the common pattern. and now we marry much later. and so we don't form independent households. and so we don't have a need for the younger people to acquire entire homes to themselves. when they can be fiscally prudent by sharing the housing wealth of their parents. >> jonathan, i think there's a stigma, nevertheless, associated with it. let me show you a quick snippet from former house speaker nancy pelosi and then i'll make my point. roll it. >> if you're a senior, you know medicaid, almost half of medicaid is about long-term health care. you want grandma living in the guest room? >> it's a pejorative the way she expresses it. maybe grandma living in the
guest room is a good thing. she pitches in, she's with the grandkids, she loves those kids, she never gets to see them otherwise. i'm wondering what the stats with reveal if the negative headlines that i showed at the outset of the conversation weren't the case and more people were cool with the idea that, yeah, junior is still living in the basement. >> yes, absolutely. and especially important for the grandma living in the guest room when speaker paloschi is talking about medicaid and care. we've taken to solving the problem of family dissolution with a lot of spending, whether it's, whether it's young people spending money on very expensive apartments, whether it's older people spending a lot of money on very expensive housing situations. when the, you know the patterns of youth and aging are not new phenomena in human history. we have traditionally solved them by relying on each other. and that is comes at a cost that is free and allows us to provide mutual support.
>> one final subject, you referenced housing. the zoning laws of the country are not prepared for this trend. explain. >> exactly. so in the 1950s that very extraordinary time, we passed a lot of laws to try and build a lot of housing very quickly. for the young people who were coming home from the war. the problem is, that we built everything around this idea of one massive cohort of young people coming in, getting married and settling down. and so what we did is lose the ability to build more flexible forms, such as an accessory dwelling unit. the granny flat, the mother-in-law unit and we have passed zoning codes that make those almost impossible. it's not even just local codes. it's important to recognize that federal financing greatly shaped the formation of the american household and continues to today. whether it's main street's or whether it is accessory dwelling units and the ability to have the granny flat.
>> if granny is going to live in the basement, that's fine. but if you want to build a tiny addition or build out the garage, zoning might not allow it is your point. that's an insightful piece, thank you for writing it. >> thank you for having me. >> that's jonathan coppage. still to come, your best and worst tweets, like this one. >> i do love my son, but i also really need a craftroom. i hear you, molly. >> rolaids® goes to work instantly neutralizing 44% more acid than tums® for fast, powerful relief of your worst heartburn. i trust my rolaids®. r-o-l-a-i-d-s spells relief. across the country, we walk for those affected by alzheimer's disease.
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of the trump agenda is inclusive of all he stands for. no cherry picking. you're a trump man. katherine, you think chaz is saying i'm a trump man? put that back up there for a second. he's saying that i'm, put that back up. i got to see this. so odd. people, people hear and they see what they want to see. stop trying to read my mind. everything is in plain view, i'm an independent thinker. some things i like, some things i don't like, i don't have to read between the lines. that's me speaking, not chaz. >> favorite part of the show for me, smerkonish, i have some dirt on hillary. sorry i cannot talk to you, are you russian. really? is that a logical reaction? andreas, wait it's more than that let me get the email out. now you're challenging the chiefs. the email comes into don junior. june 3, 10:36 a.m. i've got information to incriminate hillary. okay, i'm in the trump campaign?
i'm going to keep reading. it comes from a high-level and sensitive information. huh, not sure what that means. but i'll keep reading. and then it's part of russia and its government support for mr. trump. that's the point where you call the fbi. that's the point where you don't take the, where you don't take the meeting. and what i was saying at the outset is, and i don't think that, that this thought process has received the attention that it demands. regardless of whether anything came from the meeting, the fact that this email precedes the meeting and that there's this gathering of the triumvirate of the leadership of the trump campaign, itself gave a form of kompromat to the russians, that's something we haven't spent enough time analyzing. i don't really believe that putin desperately wanted trump, didn't want hillary. he wants to screw with our system and he succeeded. one more.
>> smerkonish, president trump, the only reason you have a job, someone to bash. yeah i've been in the business three decades, gill and i'm not here to bash, i'm here to call them as i see them. no is the answer to that question. it's so funny. today's email and facebook posts are what i get here on a regular basis, which are truly like half of the people who say you're carrying water for trump and the other half what are you such a cheap artist against trump. one more if i can do it. quick comment. dose of reality, alt-left is a false equivalence. you're denigrating the free press. truth be told, i'm not, keep an eye on the column in the atlantic. i call them as i see them. before we go, importantly, we want to introduce to you a los angeles man, hundreds of at-risk youth there reach out to
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i'm fredricka witfield, it's 11:00 on the east coast. back from france and back into crisis control. president trump is spending the day at the u.s. women's open in new jersey. which is being held at his golf club in bedminster, pictures there with his son, eric. all of this as the president attends the tournament and makes calls to senators in a make-or-break effort to save a new gop health care bill. the white house is trying to navigate a growing crisis, centered on his son's meetings, back in june of 2017 with, a number of people tied to russia. donald trump junior's account of his secret meeting during the campaign continues to change. first the president's son claimed he met with a russian lawyer along with his brother-in-law, jared kushner and then campaign chairman paul