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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

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

Full Disclosure: Will We See the Full Mueller Report and Trump’s Tax Returns? (with Asha Rangappa and Mimi Rocah)

4/9/2019
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Guest host Asha Rangappa (former FBI agent and CNN Legal Analyst) and Patti discuss the disclosure of the full Mueller report as well as Trump’s tax returns. They’re joined by former federal prosecutor and MSNBC Legal Analyst Mimi Rocah.

Duration:00:51:27

Following the Money: What Potential Financial Crimes Could Ensnare Trump? (with Asha Rangappa and Shan Wu)

4/1/2019
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Guest Host Asha Rangappa, a former FBI agent and CNN Legal and National Security Analyst, and Patti discuss potential financial crimes that could create liability for Trump. They are joined by former federal prosecutor and CNN Legal Analyst Shan Wu.

Duration:00:47:27

The Barr Letter: What Questions Does it Raise? (with Barb McQuade)

3/27/2019
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Renato and Patti discuss the implications and aftermath of the letter of Attorney General Bill Barr purportedly describing the contents of the Mueller report, as well as Barr's own conclusion that Trump did not obstruct justice. They are joined by MSNBC Legal Analyst Barb McQuade, former U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan.

Duration:00:56:28

Mueller Report Arrives: What Does It Mean? (with Natasha Bertrand, Jennifer Rodgers, Shan Wu, and Asha Rangappa)

3/23/2019
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Renato discusses the questions raised by the transmission of the Mueller report to Attorney General Bill Barr, as well as what we can expect to happen next. He is joined by Atlantic reporter and MSNBC Contributor Natasha Bertrand, former federal prosecutors and CNN Legal Analysts Jennifer Rodgers and Shan Wu, and former FBI counterintelligence agent and CNN Legal and National Security Analyst Asha Rangappa.

Duration:01:16:26

Unexpected Prosecutions: Manafort's State Charges and the College Admissions Scandal (with Joyce Vance)

3/16/2019
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Renato and Patti discuss the charges brought against Manafort by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance as well as the wide-ranging college admissions fraud charges brought by federal prosecutors in Massachusetts. They are joined by Joyce Vance, former United States Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama and MSNBC Legal Analyst.

Duration:00:55:37

Manafort Sentenced: Does Manafort's Lenient Sentence Tell Us How Federal Sentencing Should Be Reformed? (With Ken White)

3/9/2019
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Renato and Patti discuss the lenient sentence given to former Trump chair Paul Manafort by federal judge T.S. Ellis, as well as sentencing disparities and other structural inequities in federal sentencing law. They are joined by former federal prosecutor Ken White, who tweets and blogs as "Popehat."

Duration:00:58:32

Michael Cohen Testifies: Evidence of Financial Crimes? (with Mimi Rocah and Ro Khanna)

3/2/2019
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Renato and Patti discuss the Congressional testimony of former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen, including his discussing potential evidence of financial crimes as well as the evidence underlying his campaign finance convictions. They are joined by MSNBC Legal Analyst Mimi Rocah, a former Southern District of New York prosecutor, and Congressman Ro Khanna (D-CA), a member of the House Oversight Committee.

Duration:01:12:38

Facilitating Lies: What Should Trump Administration Lawyers Do When They’re Asked to do Something Unconstitutional or Immoral? (with Erica Newland)

2/27/2019
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In this special episode, Renato interviews Erica Newland, who quit the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel because she believed that by aiding unconstitutional and dishonest policies, she was assisting the Trump Administration by legitimizing lies. Erica is now a counsel for the nonprofit group Protect Democracy.

Duration:00:45:48

End of the Mueller Investigation: What Will We Learn and What Will It Mean for Trump? (with Asha Rangappa)

2/23/2019
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Renato and Patti discuss recent reports that the investigation of Special Counsel Robert Mueller will end soon and that Attorney General William Barr will release a summary of Mueller’s report but not the full report. They are joined by former FBI counterintelligence agent and CNN Legal Analyst Asha Rangappa.

Duration:00:54:34

State of Chaos: What Comes Next for Mueller and for Trump’s “Emergency”? (with Barb McQuade and William Banks)

2/16/2019
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Renato and Patti discuss numerous new legal developments, including the confirmation of Bill Barr as Attorney General, comments by Senator Richard Burr about evidence of “collusion” allegedly not found by his investigation, and the “national emergency” declared by Trump. They are joined by Barb McQuade, former United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan and a MSNBC Legal Analyst, and Syracuse Law Professor William C. Banks.

Duration:01:23:45

State of Lies: How Should the Press Cover Trump’s Lies and Misleading Statements? (with Daniel Dale)

2/8/2019
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Renato and Patti discuss Trump’s frequent false and misleading statements and how the media’s coverage of Trump’s lies could contribute to the distortion of public debate caused by his false statements. They are joined by Daniel Dale, the Washington Bureau Chief for the Toronto Star and a frequent fact checker of Trump’s speeches.

Duration:00:53:33

Suspension of the INF Treaty: Did Trump put Russia’s interests Ahead of Our Own? (with Sam Vinograd)

2/4/2019
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Renato discussed the Trump Administration’s decision to suspend the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) with Russia, and whether the Trump Administration’s foreign policy has put Russian interests ahead of our own. He was joined by Samantha Vinograd, a CNN National Security Analyst who was a former National Security Council official and held numerous foreign policy roles in the Obama and Bush Administrations.

Duration:00:45:51

Roger Stone Indicted: What Does This Mean for Mueller, Trump, and Congress? (with Mike Quigley and Barb McQuade)

1/26/2019
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Renato and Patti discuss the recent indictment of Trump associate Roger Stone, who was indicted for lying to Congress, witness tampering, and obstructing the investigation of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. They are joined by Congressman Mike Quigley (D-IL), a member of that committee, and Barb McQuade, the former United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan and a MSNBC Legal Analyst.

Duration:01:08:27

Mueller Corrects the Record: What Does This Mean and What Happens Next? (with Neal Katyal)

1/21/2019
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Renato and Patti discuss the recent Buzzfeed News report that indicated there was substantial evidence that Trump directed Cohen to lie to Congress as well as the public statement by Mueller that the article is inaccurate and calls for Congress to investigate this and other matters. They are joined by former Acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal.

Duration:01:16:52