U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier, Remembering Ed Lee, Leon Panetta

Rep. Speier: 'Rumor on the Hill' is Trump to Fire Mueller Before Christmas
Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-San Mateo) told KQED Newsroom today that she believes Republicans are trying to shut down the House Intelligence Committee’s probe into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 elections.Speier also said, “The rumor on the Hill when I left yesterday was that the president was going to make a significant speech at the end of next week. And on Dec. 22nd, when we are out of D.C., he was going to fire Robert Mueller.”

Speier also discussed her bipartisan legislation to crack down on sexual misconduct in Congress following the resignations of lawmakers Trent Franks, John Conyers and Al Franken.

Leon Panetta Interview
Last week, President Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and said he would move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Meanwhile, North Korea’s latest missile test is the most alarming yet, demonstrating a range capable of reaching the entire U.S. mainland. Former CIA Director Leon Panetta joins us for a perspective on these international flashpoints.

Remembering Mayor Ed Lee
Ed Lee, who became San Francisco’s first Asian-American mayor, died suddenly early Tuesday morning. In accordance with the City Charter, Board of Supervisors President London Breed became acting mayor of San Francisco. We reflect on Lee’s four decades of public service and look forward at what lies ahead for the city’s leadership.


  • David Chiu, state assemblyman (D-San Francisco)
  • Scott Shafer, KQED senior politics and government editor
  • Rachel Swan, San Francisco Chronicle City Hall reporter

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