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Join former federal prosecutor and CNN Legal Analyst Renato Mariotti as he breaks down the news in depth with WGN Radio host and comedian Patti Vasquez and a weekly guest.

Join former federal prosecutor and CNN Legal Analyst Renato Mariotti as he breaks down the news in depth with WGN Radio host and comedian Patti Vasquez and a weekly guest.
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Join former federal prosecutor and CNN Legal Analyst Renato Mariotti as he breaks down the news in depth with WGN Radio host and comedian Patti Vasquez and a weekly guest.

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English


Episodes

Military Spending at a Trump Resort: What Can be Done About This Apparent Corruption? (with Natasha Bertrand)

9/9/2019
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Renato discusses the breaking news that Air Force personnel stayed in a Trump resort in Scotland that was over 50 miles from the airport they landed at and that the Air Force has failed to produce any documents in response to a House Oversight investigation. He is joined by the reporter who broke the story, Politico National Security Correspondent and MSNBC Contributor Natasha Bertrand. Air Force crew made an odd stop on a routine trip: Trump’s Scottish resort

Duration:00:38:47

Trade War Escalates: Is Trump Causing an Economic Crisis? (with Austan Goolsbee)

8/28/2019
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Renato and Patti discusses Trump’s growing trade war with China and his verbal attacks on the Fed Chairman. They are joined by Austan Goolsbee, former Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers and a member of President Obama’s cabinet.

Duration:01:04:01

Epstein’s Death: What Happens to his Accomplices and his Victims? (with James Gagliano)

8/19/2019
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Renato and Patti discuss the ongoing investigations of billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein’s death and his accomplices. They are joined by former FBI Supervisory Special Agent James Gagliano.

Duration:01:08:39

Fighting for Gun Regulation: What Can Be Done? (with Shannon Watts)

8/9/2019
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Renato and Patti discuss the fight over gun regulation after recent tragic massacres in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio. They are joined by Shannon Watts, the founder of Moms Demand Action. Moms Demand Action

Duration:00:50:18

Separating Families: How Can the Legal System Stop Illegal Activity by the Executive Branch? (with Lee Gelernt)

8/1/2019
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Renato and Patti discuss recent news that the Trump Administration has separated over 900 children from their parents despite a court order prohibiting that practice. They are joined by Lee Gelernt, Deputy Director of the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project, who brought that disturbing fact to light in a court filing.

Duration:00:57:32

Mueller Testifies: What Does This Mean for Trump? (with Asha Rangappa and Jennifer Rodgers)

7/24/2019
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Renato and Patti discuss former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s testimony before the House Judiciary and House Intel Committees. They are joined by Asha Rangappa, former FBI counterintelligence agent and CNN Legal and National Security Analyst, and Jennifer Rodgers, former federal prosecutor and CNN Legal Analyst. Listener Survey

Duration:01:32:08

Interference in the Justice System: How Can We Ensure Politics Doesn’t Play a Role in Prosecutorial and Judicial Decisions? (with Sheldon Whitehouse)

7/23/2019
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Renato and Patti discuss recent news that federal prosecutors failed to charge Hope Hicks and others despite evidence that they were involved in Trump’s hush money payments. They are joined by U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), who discusses his views on protecting the Justice Department and judiciary from political interference. Listener Survey

Duration:00:49:24

Jeffrey Epstein Indicted: Will He Finally be Brought to Justice? (with Mimi Rocah)

7/14/2019
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Renato discusses the recent indictment of Jeffrey Epstein as well as the prior non-prosecution agreement that caused the resignation of former Labor Secretary Alex Acosta. He is joined by MSNBC Legal Analyst Mimi Rocah, a former federal prosecutor in the Southern District of New York. Listener Survey

Duration:01:01:39

Census Questions: Can Trump Add a Citizenship Question to the Census Despite the Supreme Court Ruling? (with Daniel Jacobson)

7/6/2019
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Renato and Patti discuss the Trump Administration’s reaction to the Supreme Court ruling on adding a citizenship question to the census, including the apparent reversal of its decision to remove the question after Trump tweeted about the issue. They are joined by former Associate White House Counsel Daniel Jacobson, who represents plaintiffs in the census lawsuit that was the subject of the Supreme Court ruling. Listener Survey

Duration:01:18:36

Insanitary Conditions: What is Wrong With Our Immigration System? (with Anthony Enriquez)

6/29/2019
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Renato and Patti discuss the recent death of Óscar Alberto Martínez Ramírez and his daughter Valeria, the Trump Administration's defense of insanitary conditions, and recent calls to repeal the illegal entry statute. They are joined by Anthony Enriquez, Director of the Unaccompanied Minors Program for Catholic Charities Community Services. Listener Survey

Duration:00:55:07

Opening an Impeachment Inquiry: Would It Help Democrats Obtain Evidence? (with Laurence Tribe)

6/24/2019
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Renato discusses what an impeachment inquiry would look like and whether opening an impeachment inquiry would help the House of Representatives obtain documents and testimony. He is joined by Harvard Law Professor Laurence Tribe, the author of To End A Presidency: The Power of Impeachment, who has publicly called for the House to open an impeachment inquiry. Listener Survey To End a Presidency: The Power of Impeachment Impeach Trump. But don’t necessarily try him in the Senate.

Duration:00:43:56

Trump Welcomes Foreign Aid: How Can We Stop Future Election Interference? (with Asha Rangappa)

6/16/2019
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Renato and Patti discuss Donald Trump's recent comments that he would accept aid from foreign nations and discuss whether our laws adequately protect our elections from foreign interference in the future. They are joined by former FBI counterintelligence agent, CNN Legal and National Security Analyst, and Yale University professor Asha Rangappa.

Duration:00:43:59

Attack on the Free Press: How does the First Amendment protect the press from Trump? (with Kristy Parker)

6/6/2019
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Renato and Patti discuss Trump recent call for a boycott of AT&T due to CNN’s coverage, Trump’s attempt to prevent the AT&T-Time Warner merger to punish CNN, and other ways in which Trump has attacked the free press and undermined the First Amendment. They are joined by Kristy Parker, former Justice Department Deputy Chief and Counsel for non-profit Protect Democracy, who has sued Trump on behalf of writers and journalists.

Duration:01:00:34

Mueller Speaks: What Do His Carefully Chosen Words Tell Us? (with Garrett Graff)

5/30/2019
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Renato and Patti discuss the first public statement of Special Counsel Robert Mueller and what his words tell us about his decision not to reach a prosecutorial judgment as to obstruction of justice, his message to Congress, and more. They are joined by Garrett Graff, the author of The Threat Matrix: Inside Robert Mueller's FBI and the War on Global Terror.

Duration:00:40:35

Attack on Reproductive Rights: How Will the Legal Battle Play Out? (with Caroline Frederickson)

5/20/2019
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Renato and Patti discuss new state laws that radically restrict reproductive rights, including new laws in Alabama and Missouri, and how these laws will fit into the nationwide legal battle over reproductive rights. They are joined by Caroline Frederickson, President of the American Constitution Society and former General Counsel of NARAL Pro-Choice America.

Duration:00:39:37

Aggressive Use of Executive Privilege: Will Trump Block McGahn's Testimony (with Bob Bauer)

5/15/2019
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Renato discusses the White House's use of executive privilege to keep former White House Counsel Don McGahn from complying with a House Judiciary Committee subpoena. He is joined by former White House Counsel Bob Bauer.

Duration:00:57:28

Fight Over Oversight: How Can Congress Fight Stonewalling? (with Josh Chafetz)

5/6/2019
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Renato and Patti discuss the Trump Administration’s strategy of stonewalling all subpoenas for documents issued by Congress as part of its oversight responsibilities. They are joined by Josh Chafetz, Professor of Law at Cornell Law School.

Duration:00:44:54

Unprecedented Obstruction: Can Trump Stonewall the House Indefinitely? (with Ro Khanna)

4/29/2019
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Renato and Patti discuss the Trump Administration's attempts to stonewall the House investigations, including the investigations of the facts underlying the Mueller report. They are joined by Congressman Ro Khanna (D-CA), a member of the House Oversight Committee.

Duration:00:49:31

Redacted Mueller Report: What Does a First Read Tell Us? (with Jennifer Rodgers and Asha Rangappa)

4/20/2019
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Renato and Patti discuss some of the important findings and conclusions in the redacted Mueller report, as well as Attorney General Bill Barr’s deceptive and misleading statements prior to his release of the report. They are joined by former federal prosecutor and CNN Legal Analyst Jennifer Rodgers and former FBI counterintelligence agent and CNN Legal and National Security Analyst Asha Rangappa.

Duration:01:12:33

Arrest of Assange: Does His Indictment Implicate Press Freedom? (with Barb McQuade)

4/14/2019
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Renato and Patti discuss the indictment of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, including whether there are implications for press risk and potential obstacles for the Justice Department posed by the charges. They are joined by MSNBC Legal Analyst Barb McQuade, the former United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan.

Duration:00:46:07