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October 15, 2019
In this clip from the CAFE Insider podcast, "Rudy in the Middle," co-hosts Preet Bharara and Anne Milgram break down the reported investigation into Rudy Giuliani and the indictment of his associates by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. Listen to the full episode with a free 2-week trial of the CAFE Insider membership. REFERENCES & SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALS RUDY GIULIANI, TRUMP’S “PERSONAL LAYWER”Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), Department of Justice“Foreign Agents Registration Act: An Overview,” Congressional Research Service, 3/7/19The Logan Act, U.S. Code § 953: Private correspondence with foreign governments, Legal Information Institute“Giuliani Is Said to Be Under Investigation for Ukraine Work,” New York Times, 10/11/19“Federal Prosecutors Scrutinize Rudy Giuliani’s Ukraine Business Dealings, Finances,” Wall Street Journal, 10/14/19"Trump tells reporters he doesn’t know if Giuliani is still his attorney,” Washington Post, 10/11/19 INDICTMENT OF GIULIANI ASSOCIATESIndictment: United States of America v. Lev Parnas, Igor Fruman, David Correia, and Andrey Kulushkin, 10/10/19“Lev Parnas And Igor Fruman Charged With Conspiring To Violate Straw And Foreign Donor Bans,” U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York Press Release, 10/10/19“Two Giuliani Associates Who Helped Him on Ukraine Charged With Campaign-Finance Violations,” Wall Street Journal, 10/10/19“Here Are Rudy Giuliani’s Various Claims About His Ties to the Two Men Arrested Wednesday,” Mother Jones, 10/11/19“Rudy Giuliani’s Two Indicted Associates Could Have a Lot to Say,” New Yorker, 10/11/19
October 10, 2019
George Conway, conservative lawyer and outspoken Trump critic, joins Preet Bharara for a special episode of Stay Tuned, "Diagnosing Trump." A longstanding member of the Federalist Society who played a critical role in Clinton's impeachment, Conway is one of the few conservative voices openly challenging Trump’s presidency—and calling for his impeachment. You may be familiar with Conway’s other half: Kellyanne Conway, who currently serves as Counselor to the President. Despite his wife’s work, Conway continues to publicly pen—on Twitter and in editorials—his virulent criticisms of Trump. In this exclusive, wide-ranging interview, Conway discusses why Trump’s narcissism renders him incapable of carrying out presidential duties, the likelihood and contours of impeachment, the 2020 presidential election, and whether history will be kind to those who stayed silent during Trump’s tenure. To hear bonus clips from the interview, try two free weeks of CAFE Insider membership. Sign up to receive free references and supplemental materials for Stay Tuned episodes, a weekly newsletter, and updates from Preet. As always, tweet your questions to @PreetBharara with hashtag #askpreet, email us at staytuned@cafe.com, or call 699-247-7338 to leave a voicemail.
October 7, 2019
In this clip from the CAFE Insider podcast, "Crooked Diplomacy," co-hosts Preet Bharara and Anne Milgram break down the evolving Trump-Ukraine scandal and newly released text messages between State Department officials. Listen to the full episode with a free 2-week trial of the CAFE Insider membership. REFERENCES & SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALS STATE DEPT. TEXT MESSAGES“Read the Text Messages Between U.S. and Ukrainian Officials,” New York Times, 10/4/19“Read Kurt Volker’s opening statement for testimony in Trump impeachment inquiry,” Vox, 10/4/19 [Text of Volker’s opening statement] “Kurt Volker, Ukraine and a Turbulent End in the Trump Administration,” New York Times, 10/5/19“Kurt Volker resigns as executive director of McCain Institute,” Politico, 10/7/19“The U.S. diplomat who questioned Trump’s Ukraine scheme,” Politico, 10/4/19“How Gordon Sondland, a wealthy hotelier turned ambassador, became the latest key player in the Ukraine inquiry,” Washington Post, 10/4/19“Trump Ordered Ukraine Ambassador Removed After Complaints From Giuliani, Others,” Wall Street Journal, 10/3/19“From ‘America’s mayor’ to Trump’s pit bull: Rudy Giuliani emerges as central figure in Ukraine firestorm,” USA Today, 9/27/19“Ukrainians understood Biden probe was condition for Trump-Zelensky talks, says former Ukrainian adviser,” ABC News, 9/25/19“Ukraine’s president needs to repair ‘damage’ with Europe after the Trump call scandal,” CNBC, 10/1/19
October 3, 2019
On this episode of Stay Tuned, "Devil's Bargains," host Preet Bharara answers your questions about: -- Enlisting an outside counsel to conduct an impeachment trial  -- Congress invoking its long dormant inherent contempt power   -- The reluctance in the news media to use the word “lies” when discussing the president’s “false statements” David Remnick, editor of The New Yorker, joins Preet for a wide-ranging conversation as he gears up for the magazine’s annual ideas festival. The discussion covers 2020 candidates, interviewing controversial figures, “elitism,” whether President Trump is a “racist,” American’s deepest flaws, what we should understand about the Russian people, “inventing” The New Yorker, and more.  To hear bonus clips from the interview, try two free weeks of CAFE Insider membership. Sign up to receive free references and supplemental materials for Stay Tuned episodes, a weekly newsletter, and updates from Preet. As always, tweet your questions to @PreetBharara with hashtag #askpreet, email us at staytuned@cafe.com, or call 699-247-7338 to leave a voicemail.
October 1, 2019
In this clip from the CAFE Insider podcast, "Impeachment Momentum," co-hosts Preet Bharara and Anne Milgram discuss the House Intelligence Committee's subpoena issued to Rudy Giuliani, Trump's private lawyer. Listen to the full episode with a free 2-week trial of the CAFE Insider membership. REFERENCES & SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALS THE IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY RUDY GIULIANI “Giuliani Subpoenaed for Ukraine Documents as Next Step in Impeachment Inquiry,” House Intelligence Committee press release, 9/30/19 (letter and subpoena schedule)Clip of Giuliani on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle” holding up cellphone saying “it’s all here, right here,” 9/24/19Anne Milgram’s tweet about subpoenaing Giuliani’s phone, 9/25/19Clip of Giuliani’s contradictory statements about Ukraine on CNN’s “Cuomo Prime Time,” 9/20/19Clip of Giuliani saying he wouldn’t cooperate or testify before the House Intelligence Committee with Adam Schiff as chairman on ABC’s “This Week,” 9/29/19 “Ukrainians understood Biden probe was condition for Trump-Zelensky talks, says former Ukrainian adviser,” ABC News, 9/25/19“Giuliani says Trump did not pay for his globetrotting push for Biden probe,” Reuters, 9/29/19“Attorney-Client Privilege,” Legal Information Institute“Giuliani Cannot Rely on Attorney-Client Privilege to Avoid Congressional Testimony,” Lawfare, 9/30/19“Giuliani works for foreign clients while serving as Trump’s attorney,” Washington Post, 7/10/18
September 26, 2019
To listen to Preet and Anne's full conversation for free, head to cafe.com/preet and sign up to receive a link. Members of the CAFE Insider can listen to the full analysis in the podcast player of their choice. On this episode of Stay Tuned, " Ukraine & Brazen Power," host Preet Bharara is joined by Anne Milgram, his co-host on the CAFE Insider podcast and former New Jersey Attorney General, to break down the significant developments in the Ukraine / whistleblower story that’s at the center of House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry into President Trump.  This week’s guest on Stay Tuned is Samantha Power. She served as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations under President Obama and joins Preet for a wide-ranging conversation about her memoir, The Education of an Idealist, and the mission as well as criticisms of the United Nations.  Bonus clips from the interview are available for members of the CAFE Insider community. Sign up to receive free references and supplemental materials for Stay Tuned episodes, a weekly newsletter, and updates from Preet. As always, tweet your questions to @PreetBharara with hashtag #askpreet, email us at staytuned@cafe.com, or call 699-247-7338 to leave a voicemail.
September 23, 2019
To listen to the full episode for free, head to cafe.com/preet and sign up to receive a link. Members of the CAFE Insider can listen to this episode in the podcast player of their choice. In this clip from the CAFE Insider podcast, “Whistleblower Uproar,” co-hosts Preet Bharara and Anne Milgram break down the troubling reports that President Trump pressed Ukraine’s new president to investigate Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden, and then blocked Congress from seeing a whistleblower complaint that allegedly details a “promise” Trump made to a foreign leader. To hear the full episode, head to cafe.com/preet to receive a link.
September 19, 2019
On this episode of Stay Tuned, " The Kavanaugh - Trump - Schiff news cycle," host Preet Bharara answers your questions about: -- How government officials should handle classified information -- Whether former deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe would be entitled to the same discovery as all other defendants in the event he’s charged for making false statements -- House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff’s letter to the Acting Director of National Intelligence (DNI) concerning an undisclosed whistleblower complaint Susan Hennessey, executive editor of the legal and national security blog Lawfare, joins Preet for a wide-ranging conversation about the lasting impact of Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation, implications of Chairman Adam Schiff’s battle with the DNI, new allegations levied against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, and more.   Bonus clips from the interview are available for members of the CAFE Insider community. Sign up to receive free references and supplemental materials for Stay Tuned episodes, a weekly newsletter, and updates from Preet. As always, tweet your questions to @PreetBharara with hashtag #askpreet, email us at staytuned@cafe.com, or call 699-247-7338 to leave a voicemail.
September 16, 2019
In this clip from the CAFE Insider podcast, "Scandal Survey: Donald, Brett, Andy, Felicity," co-hosts Preet Bharara and Anne Milgram discuss a New York Times article about sexual harassment allegations made against Justice Brett Kavanaugh from his time as a Yale undergraduate student. To hear the full episode, join the CAFE Insider community. REFERENCES & SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALS Justice Brett Kavanaugh “Brett Kavanaugh Fit In With the Privileged Kids. She Did Not.,” New York Times, 9/14/19“New York Times apologizes for ‘inappropriate and offensive’ tweet about Kavanaugh sexual misconduct allegation,” Washington Post, 9/16/19
September 12, 2019
This week's Q&A starts at 2:07, and the interview starts at 17:35. On this episode of Stay Tuned, "Russian Asset & The 1st Female Firefighter," Lisa Monaco, who served as Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism in the Obama Administration, joins host Preet Bharara to help answer some of your questions on: -- Reports of an extracted Russian Spy who allegedly provided critical information about the Kremlin’s interference in the 2016 American election -- The sudden departure of John Bolton as President Trump’s national security adviser -- President Trump’s cancelled negotiations with the Taliban at Camp David    On this 18th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, retired Captain Brenda Berkman of the New York City Fire Department (FDNY) joins Preet for a conversation about her journey as the City’s pioneering female firefighter and her historic 1982 class action lawsuit that forced the FDNY to accept women into its ranks.  Bonus clips from the interview are available for members of the CAFE Insider community. Sign up to receive free references and supplemental materials for Stay Tuned episodes, a weekly newsletter, and updates from Preet. As always, tweet your questions to @PreetBharara with hashtag #askpreet, email us at staytuned@cafe.com, or call 699-247-7338 to leave a voicemail.
September 9, 2019
In this clip from the CAFE Insider podcast, "DOJ, KSM, OLC," co-hosts Preet Bharara and Anne Milgram discuss the protracted prosecution of 911 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammad whose military trial is set to begin in January 2021 at the US Naval facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. To hear the full episode, join the CAFE Insider community. REFERENCES & SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALS 9/11 & THE TRIAL OF KHALID SHEIK MOHAMMED (KSM)Preet’s tweet about the trial, 8/30/19Military Commissions Act of 2006Military Commissions Act of 2009“President Issues Military Order: Detention, Treatment, and Trial of Certain Non-Citizens in the War Against Terrorism,” The White House Archive “How Military Commissions Work,” Office of Military Commissions “U.S. Court of Military Commission Review (USCMCR) History,” Office of Military Commissions Hamdan v. Rumsfeld (2006), Oyez Boumediene v. Bush (2008), Oyez “Courts: A Brief Overview,” Federal Judicial Center“A Guide to Appellate and Collateral Review Under the Military Commissions Acts,” Lawfare, 4/4/13“Military Judge Sets January 2021 Trial Date for Accused 9/11 Conspirators,” Wall Street Journal, 8/30/19“Lawyers Press Case That 9/11 Confessions Given to F.B.I. Are Tainted,” New York Times, 7/29/19“The Trial,” New Yorker, 2/3/10
September 5, 2019
On this episode of Stay Tuned, "End of the American Century," host Preet Bharara answers your questions about: -- The President’s authority to declassify sensitive information, like the image Trump tweeted of Iran’s Imam Khomeini Space Center after an explosion -- Why the adage “never ask a question you don’t know the answer to” applies in the courtroom, but not necessarily in the podcast studio -- The trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, charged with plotting the 9/11 terrorist attacks George Packer, author and staff writer at The Atlantic, joins Preet for a wide-ranging conversation about his new book, “Our Man: Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century” and the lessons we can glean from the life of the storied diplomat.  Bonus clips from the interview are available for members of the CAFE Insider community Sign up to receive free references and supplemental materials for Stay Tuned episodes, a weekly newsletter, and updates from Preet. As always, tweet your questions to @PreetBharara with hashtag #askpreet, email us at staytuned@cafe.com, or call 699-247-7338 to leave a voicemail.
September 3, 2019
In this clip from the CAFE Insider podcast, "Ethics: Comey, McCabe, Barr," co-hosts Preet Bharara and Anne Milgram discuss the Inspector General’s report concluding that former FBI Director James Comey violated bureau policy by disclosing memos documenting his interactions with President Trump. To hear the full episode, join the CAFE Insider community. REFERENCES & SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALS JAMES COMEYReport of Investigation of Former Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey's Disclosure of Sensitive Investigative Information and Handling of Certain Memoranda, Office of the Inspector General, August 2019 “Full text: James Comey testimony transcript on Trump and Russia,” Politico, 6/8/17“FBI's Interview Report Form FD-302,” Thomson Reuters Practical LawColumbia Law School’s tweet, 6/8/17Donald Trump’s tweet calling Comey a “dishonest fool,” 8/30/19Donald Trump’s tweet quoting Jason Chaffetz, 9/1/19Donald Trump’s tweet featuring an image of Iran’s Imam Khomeini Space CenterRod Rosenstein’s tweet reacting to the IG report, 8/29/19“What That Comey Email Report Really Says,” Lawfare, 8/29/19Harry Litman: “James Comey helped save democracy when he wrote his memos,” Washington Post, 8/29/19Barbara McQuade: “Comey says the DOJ IG report vindicates him. Trump says he's 'horrible.' So who's right?,” NBC News, 8/30/19“Preet Bharara Links Firing to Trump Team’s ‘Helter-Skelter Incompetence,’” New York Times, 4/6/17
August 29, 2019
On this episode of Stay Tuned, "The Opposite of Trump?" host Preet Bharara answers your questions about: -- President Trump’s reported proposal to “nuke” incoming hurricanes -- Why ethics should be taught in school -- Whether the world needs more lawyers Michael Bennet, senior senator from Colorado and 2020 presidential candidate, joins Preet for a wide-ranging conversation about why Mitch McConnell’s Senate is stuck in a legislative standstill, whether the country is heading into another recession, and what politicians owe to the people who elect them.  Bonus clips from the interview are available for members of the CAFE Insider community Sign up to receive free references and supplemental materials for Stay Tuned episodes, a weekly newsletter, and updates from Preet. As always, tweet your questions to @PreetBharara with hashtag #askpreet, email us at staytuned@cafe.com, or call 699-247-7338 to leave a voicemail.
August 26, 2019
Today, we're sharing a clip from a recent CAFE Insider Town Call. Preet hopped on the phone for 40 minutes and answered questions in real time from randomly selected members of the CAFE Insider community. In this wide-ranging Q&A, Preet addressed deceased sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, the rule of law, the role of political identity in America, and how congressional members prepare for hearings. You may listen to a clip from the episode in your Stay Tuned feed. To listen to the full episode, join the CAFE Insider community. Thank you to everyone for supporting our work.
August 22, 2019
On the 100th episode of Stay Tuned, "What is Justice?," host Preet Bharara answers your questions about: -- NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill’s decision to fire Officer Daniel Pantaleo for his involvement in the 2014 death of Eric Garner -- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s ability to block popular legislation, like universal background checks for gun buyers -- “Blinded by the Light,” the new movie about a young Pakistani boy’s love of Bruce Springsteen -- Advice for new law students, plus an anecdote from Preet about his time in Law School To commemorate the milestone, this episode is all about justice and what it means. It is fitting that Michael Sandel is the guest. A world-renowned political philosopher, author, and professor at Harvard University, Sandel spent his career thinking, writing, and speaking about justice. And we resurface voices from the Stay Tuned archive for a look at the way past guests think about justice.  Bonus clips from the interview are available for members of the CAFE Insider community Sign up to receive free references and supplemental materials for Stay Tuned episodes, a weekly newsletter, and updates from Preet. As always, tweet your questions to @PreetBharara with hashtag #askpreet, email us at staytuned@cafe.com, or call 699-247-7338 to leave a voicemail.
August 15, 2019
On this week’s episode of Stay Tuned, Preet answers your questions about:Obstruction of justice and whether unlawful underlying conduct is necessary to bring a caseThe ICE raids that have resulted in the arrests of hundreds of undocumented workers, but no charges against the businessesAttorney-client privilege, and whether it survives the death of a clientGoing to law school and changing careersMichael Waldman, the President of the Brennan Center at NYU Law School, joins Preet for a wide-ranging conversation about the Second Amendment, gun control, voting rights, and the craft of speechwriting. Bonus clips from the interview are available for members of the CAFE Insider community. You can listen to today’s episode on the player of your choice or here. References and supplemental materials for the episode are below. As always, tweet your questions to @PreetBharara with the hashtag #askpreet, email us at staytuned@cafe.com, or call 669-247-7338 and leave a voicemail. THE Q&A OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE Definition of Obstruction of Justice“Barr is wrong: Obstruction of justice doesn’t require another underlying crime,” Washington Post, 3/26/2019ICE RAIDS“ICE raids raise question: What about the employers?,” AP News, 8/14/2019“Prosecutors pick their battles. I chose not to pursue an ICE raid in Alabama,” Joyce White Vance, Washington Post, 8/9/2019“ICE Arrests Hundreds in Mississippi Raids Targeting Immigrant Workers,” NYT, 8/7/2019“‘If you’re a good worker, papers don’t matter’: How a Trump construction crew has relied on immigrants without legal status,” Washington Post, 8/7/2019ATTORNEY-CLIENT PRIVILEGE“In death, Jeffrey Epstein enjoys certain legal protections,” CBS, 8/13/2019“Michael Cohen, Attorney-Client Privilege and the Crime-Fraud Exception,” Lawfare, 4/10/2018“Is Confidentiality Really Forever: Even if the Client Dies or Ceases to Exist?,” ABA, 4/1/2014BRYAN STEVENSONStay Tuned Interview with Bryan Stevenson, 2/28/19THE INTERVIEW GUNS & THE SECOND AMENDMENTSecond Amendment of the U.S. ConstitutionDistrict of Columbia v. Heller (2008), OyezMichael Waldman’s tweet about how Madison & Jefferson voted to ban guns from the University of Virginia campus, 2/17/2018“On Guns, Public Opinion and Public Policy Often Diverge,” NYT, 8/10/2019“What the Second Amendment really meant to the Founders,” Washington Post, 2/22/2018“Antonin Scalia was wrong about the meaning of ‘bear arms,’” Dennis Baron, Washington Post, 5/21/18“Gun Control Is As Old As The Old West,” Smithsonian Magazine, 2/5/2018“US gun control: What is the NRA and why is it so powerful?” BBC, 1/8/2016“Nation Reels After Gunman Massacres 20 Children at School in Connecticut,” NYT, 12/14/2012VOTER FRAUD & VOTER PURGESBrennan Center for Justice Report: “The Truth About Voter Fraud”Brennan Center for Justice Study on Voter Purge RatesPresident Trump’s tweet claiming that millions of people illegally voted in the 2016 presidential election, 11/27/2016“The Voter-Fraud Myth,” New Yorker, 10/29/2012 RUSSIAN ELECTION INTERFERENCE2016 Presidential Campaign Hacking Fast Facts, CNN, 12/26/2016GERRYMANDERINGRucho v. Common Cause (2018), Oyez“The State of Redistricting Litigation,” Brennan Center for Justice, 8/2/2019 “What is Gerrymandering? And Why Did the Supreme Court Rule It?,” NYT, 6/27/2019
August 12, 2019
In this clip from the CAFE Insider podcast, Preet and Anne discuss the conspiracy theories about Jeffrey Epstein's apparent suicide in a federal jail. To hear more, become a member of the CAFE Insider community. REFERENCES AND SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALS: EPSTEIN’S DEATHFederal Bureau of Prisons Suicide Prevention Manual, bop.gov, 4/5/07Statement from Attorney General William P. Barr on the Death of Jeffrey Epstein, justice.gov, 8/10/19Statement of Manhattan U.S. Attorney on the Death of Defendant Jeffrey Epstein, justice.gov, 8/10/19Statement from the Federal Bureau of Prisons on Jeffrey Epstein’s death, Twitter, 8/10/19“Before Jail Suicide, Jeffrey Epstein Was Left Alone and Not Closely Monitored,” NYT, 8/11/19“‘We need answers. Lots of them.’ What’s known and what’s next after Jeffrey Epstein’s death,” Washington Post, 8/11/19“Unsealed documents show allegations against Jeffrey Epstein and his inner circle,” CNN, 8/11/19Some of the unsealed documents in a lawsuit brought by Epstein’s alleged victim, Virginia Roberts Giuffre, against Ghislaine Maxwell: here and here “A Horrifying Death in a Horrifying Jail,” Slate, 8/10/19
August 8, 2019
On the 8/7 episode of Stay Tuned, Preet answers your questions about:What laws can be passed to help end America’s gun violence problemThe Supreme Court’s seminal Second Amendment decision in District of Columbia v. HellerWhether proof of an underlying crime is needed to bring an obstruction of justice caseForeign policy considerations in prosecutions of foreigners in the U.S. David Miliband, the former British Secretary of State and the president of the International Rescue Committee (IRC), joins Preet for a wide-ranging conversation about the Boris Johnson's election as the U.K.’s Prime Minister, Brexit, and the IRC’s work on behalf of refugees and displaced persons. To receive full show notes, sign up at cafe.com/preet. We'll deliver episode references and supplemental materials right to your inbox. As always, tweet your questions to @PreetBharara with the hashtag #askpreet, email us at staytuned@cafe.com, or call 669-247-7338 and leave a voicemail.
August 5, 2019
In this clip from the CAFE Insider podcast, Preet and Anne discuss what can be done in response to the mass shootings in El Paso, TX, and Dayton, OH. To hear more, become a member of the CAFE Insider community. REFERENCES AND SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALS:18 U.S. Code § 2331(5): Definition of “Domestic Terrorism” “How the USA Patriot Act Redefines Domestic Terrorism,” ACLUOverview of “Open Carry” Laws, The Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence“Gunman killed sister, eight others in second deadly U.S. mass shooting in 24 hours,” Washington Post, 8/4/2019“Massacre at a Crowded Walmart in Texas Leaves 20 Dead,” NYT, 8/3/2019“’How do you stop these people?’: Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric looms over El Paso massacre,” Washington Post, 8/4/2019“It’s Time for Congress to Make Domestic Terrorism a Federal Crime,” Lawfare, Mary McCord, 12/5/2018Transcript of “Stay Tuned with Preet” interview with gun control advocate Shannon Watts, March 2018
August 1, 2019
On the 8/1/19 episode of Stay Tuned, Preet answers your questions about:How the El Chapo case ended up with the federal prosecutors in BrooklynThe limits, if any, on indicting a sitting PresidentWhy grand jury materials are kept secretThe role of congressional staffers during hearingsRep. John Ratcliffe’s qualifications for the role of Director of National Intelligence Michael Morell, a 33-year veteran of the CIA who served as the agency’s Deputy Director and twice as its Acting Director, joins Preet for a wide-ranging conversation about the intelligence craft, recruiting spies, being with President Bush on 9/11, and more. Morell is currently a National Security Contributor for CBS News and host of the podcast, “Intelligence Matters.” Bonus clips from the interview are available for members of the CAFE Insider community. To receive full show notes, sign up at cafe.com/preet. We'll deliver episode references and supplemental materials right to your inbox. As always, tweet your questions to @PreetBharara with the hashtag #askpreet, email us at staytuned@cafe.com, or call 669-247-7338 and leave a voicemail.
July 29, 2019
In this clip from the CAFE Insider podcast, Preet Bharara and Anne Milgram discuss Russian interference in the 2020 election and the forthcoming nomination of Texas Representative John Ratcliffe to replace Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats. To listen to the full episode, become a member at CAFE Insider at cafe.com/insider. REFERENCES & SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALS RUSSIAN INTERFERENCE IN U.S. ELECTIONS“Report on the Russian Active Measures Campaigns and Interference in the 2016 U.S. Election,” Volume 1, Senate Intelligence Committee, 7/25/19Preet’s tweet about Trump & Putin’s discussion to form an “impenetrable Cyber Security unit” in 2017, 7/28/19“Mitch McConnell blocks election security legislation,” CBS News, 7/26/19“Russians probably targeted election systems in all 50 states, Senate panel’s report says,” Washington Post, 7/25/19
July 25, 2019
This special episode of Stay Tuned covers former Special Counsel Bob Mueller’s appearance before the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees on Wednesday, July 24th. Anne Milgram, former Attorney General of New Jersey and co-host of the CAFE Insider podcast, joins Preet to break down Mueller’s seven-hour testimony, the major takeaways, and Congress’ next steps. Bonus analysis is available for members of CAFE Insider. To join the Insider community, head to cafe.com/insider. To receive full show notes, sign up at cafe.com/preet. We'll deliver episode references and supplemental materials right to your inbox. Tweet your questions to @PreetBharara with the hashtag #askpreet, email us at staytuned@cafe.com, or call 669-247-7338 and leave a voicemail.
July 22, 2019
In this clip from the CAFE Insider podcast, Preet Bharara and Anne Milgram preview Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s upcoming public testimony before the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees. Plus, a moment to honor the legacy of Robert Morgenthau, former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York and the longest-serving Manhattan District Attorney. To listen to the full episode, become a member at CAFE Insider at cafe.com/insider.
July 18, 2019
On this episode of Stay Tuned, Preet answers your questions about:The extent to which the Attorney General has control over federal prosecutors serving in the United States Attorney offices across the countryThe idea that Alex Acosta, as a sitting U.S. Attorney in Miami, was intimidated by Jeffrey Epstein’s “hot shot” lawyersHow people come to be appointed as federal judgesAdvice on taking the bar exam George Will is a nationally syndicated, Pulitzer-prize winning columnist for the Washington Post and author of the recent tome, The Conservative Sensibility. Will joins Preet for a wide-ranging discussion about his craft, the current political moment, and how the Republican Party has lost its way under Trump. To receive full show notes, sign up at cafe.com/preet. We'll deliver episode references and supplemental materials right to your inbox. To listen to bonus clips from the interview, become a member of the CAFE Insider community. Tweet your questions to @PreetBharara with the hashtag #askpreet, email us at staytuned@cafe.com, or call 669-247-7338 and leave a voicemail.
July 15, 2019
Released on 7/15/19 In this clip from the CAFE Insider podcast, Preet Bharara and Anne Milgram address reporting that Jeffrey Epstein was an intelligence asset and assess a proposal by Epstein's lawyers that he should be released pending trial into his home where he'd create, at his own cost, what would essentially be a private jail.  To listen to the full episode, become a member at CAFE Insider at cafe.com/insider. REFERENCES & SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALS “Labor Secretary Acosta News Conference,” C-SPAN, 7/10/19United States v. Jeffrey Epstein, the government’s bail memorandumUnited States v. Jeffrey Epstein, the defense’s bail memorandumDual and successive prosecution policy (“petite policy”), Justice Manual, 9-2.031Equal Protection, Legal Information Institute  “To Avoid Jail Before Trial, Epstein Offers Up His Mansion and Jet for Bail,” New York Times, 7/11/19“Epstein Paid $350,000 to Possible Witnesses Against Him, Prosecutors Say,” New York Times, 7/12/19“Jeffrey Epstein Is Indicted on Sex Charges as Discovery of Nude Photos Is Disclosed,” New York Times, 7/8/19“Jeffrey Epstein’s Sick Story Played Out for Years in Plain Sight,” Daily Beast, 7/9/19
July 11, 2019
On this episode of Stay Tuned, Preet answers listener questions about:A recent court ruling that President Trump cannot block people on TwitterThe Jeffrey Epstein caseAnd the latest developments in the 2020 Census debacle 2020 presidential candidate Julián Castro, who served as Mayor of San Antonio and as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development under Obama joins Preet for what he described as, “The most wide-ranging interview I’ve done on the campaign trail so far.” The discussion covers immigration, policing, affirmative action, his thoughts on leadership, and more.  To listen to bonus clips from the interview, become a member of the CAFE Insider community. To receive episode references and supplemental materials, sign up at cafe.com/preet and they'll be delivered to your inbox. Tweet your questions to @PreetBharara with the hashtag #askpreet, email us at staytuned@cafe.com, or call 669-247-7338 and leave a voicemail.
July 8, 2019
In this clip from the CAFE Insider podcast, Preet and Anne Milgram discuss the unusual process leading up to billionaire Jeffrey Epstein's 2007 Non-Prosecution Agreement with Alex Acosta, then US Attorney for the Southern District of Florida and current Secretary of Labor. To listen to the full episode, become a member at CAFE Insider at cafe.com/insider. REFERENCES & SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALS JEFFREY EPSTEIN SDNY US Attorney Geoffrey Berman’s press conference announcing the charges against Jeffrey Epstein and the accompanying press releaseJeffrey Epstein’s indictment filed by the Southern District of New York: United States of America v. Jeffrey Epstein18 U.S. Code § 1591: Sex trafficking of children or by force, fraud, or coercion18 U.S. Code § 371: Conspiracy to commit offense or to defraud United States18 U.S. Code § 1594: General provisions21 U.S. Code § 853: Criminal forfeitures28 U.S. Code § 2461: Mode of recoveryJeffrey Epstein’s Non-Prosecution Agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida, 2007SDNY Judge Kenneth Marra’s opinion holding that prosecutors violated the Crime Victims’ Rights Act in failing to disclose their non-prosecution agreement with Epstein, 2/21/19The Crime Victims’ Rights Act, 18 U.S. Code § 3771“Jeffrey Epstein Arrested for Sex Trafficking of Minors,” The Daily Beast, 7/7/19 “Nude Photos of Underage Girls Seized From Jeffrey Epstein Mansion,” New York Times, 7/8/19“How the Miami Herald investigated Jeffrey Epstein — and his many enablers,” Miami Herald, 11/28/18
July 4, 2019
Happy Fourth of July! In honor of the country’s birthday, we’re bringing you a special episode of Stay Tuned with Preet… and you!  Last week, we asked you to tell us what patriotism means to you and you have moved us with your overwhelming response. Listen through to the end of today’s episode for a compilation of the many thoughtful voices we heard from. Plus, Preet reflects on YOUR answers, and what patriotism means to him. This week’s guest is Heidi Schreck. She is a playwright and an actress. She joins Preet to discuss her play, What The Constitution Means To Me. Nominated for two Tony Awards, and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, the show is inspired by Schrek’s time as a fifteen-year-old high school student competing in American Legion speech and debate contests, where she spoke about the meaning of our founding document. Tweet your questions to @PreetBharara with the hashtag #askpreet, email us at staytuned@cafe.com, or call 669-247-7338 and leave a voicemail. To receive episode references and supplemental materials, sign up at cafe.com/preet and they'll be delivered to your inbox.
June 27, 2019
On today’s episode of Stay Tuned, Preet answers your questions about: Prosecutors’ personalities The Supreme Court’s decision in Flowers v. Mississippi, a capital case dealing with a prosecutor’s removal of black people from the jury pool. Preet also shares a letter from Steven Martin, a leading prison reform advocate and former guest on Stay Tuned, who wrote in with his thoughts on Preet and Anne’s conversation on the CAFE Insider podcast about the Justice Department’s argument that detained migrant children need not be provided soap and toothbrushes.  Rachel Barkow, an expert on criminal justice, NYU Law professor, and author of Prisoners of Politics: Breaking the Cycle of Mass Incarceration, joins Preet for a wide-ranging conversation that covers sentencing reform, how we measure a prosecutor’s success, clemency power, and more.  Tweet your questions to @PreetBharara with the hashtag #askpreet, email us at staytuned@cafe.com, or call 669-247-7338 and leave a voicemail. To receive episode references and supplemental materials, sign up at cafe.com/preet and they'll be delivered to your inbox.
June 24, 2019
In this clip from the CAFE Insider podcast, Preet and Anne Milgram discuss the Justice Department’s argument against providing soap and toothbrushes to detained migrant children. To listen to the full episode, become a member at CAFE Insider at cafe.com/insider. REFERENCES AND SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALS FLORES LITIGATIONWatch the 9th Circuit Court proceedings regarding Jenny Flores v. William Barr, 6/18/19“Detained migrant children got no toothbrush, no soap, no sleep. It’s no problem, government argues.,” Washington Post, 6/21/19Jenny Lisette Flores et all v. Janet Reno et al. Settlement Agreement (1997)“Unaccompanied Minors and the Flores Settlement Agreement: What to Know,” The National Conference of State Legislatures Blog, 10/30/18Flores v. Session (2017) opinionCentral District of California Judge Dolly Gee’s order in Flores v. Sessions (2017)Vice President Mike Pence’s interview on CNN’s State of the Union and the transcript“9th Circuit to allow live video of hearings in major cases,” LA Times, 12/2/13
June 20, 2019
On today’s episode of Stay Tuned, Preet answers your questions about Kellyanne Conway and the consequences of violating the Hatch Act and Paul Manafort’s scuttled transfer to Rikers Island jail. Ben Rhodes, former Deputy National Security Adviser and speechwriter to President Obama joins Preet for a wide-ranging conversation about the craft of oratory and the foreign policy challenges facing the U.S., including the Iran nuclear threat.    Tweet your questions to @PreetBharara with the hashtag #askpreet, email us at staytuned@cafe.com, or call 669-247-7338 and leave a voicemail.  REFERENCES & SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALS THE Q&A KELLYANNE CONWAYThe Office of Special Counsel’s (OSC) report detailing Kellyanne Conway’s alleged violations of the Hatch Act“What Is the Hatch Act? Explaining Why Trump Was Urged to Fire Kellyanne Conway,” Washington Post, 6/13/19 PAUL MANAFORT “Paul Manafort Seemed Headed to Rikers. Then the Justice Department Intervened.,” New York Times, 6/17/19 THE INTERVIEW BEN RHODESBook: The World as It Is: A Memoir of the Obama White House, Penguin Random House PRESIDENT OBAMA SPEECHESReverend Clementa Pinckney Funeral Service, C-SPAN, 6/26/15 (plus a clip of Obama singing Amazing Grace) “Senator Barack Obama 2004 Democratic National Convention Keynote Speech,” C-SPAN, 7/27/04“Obama New Hampshire Election,” C-SPAN, 1/8/08 SYRIA “Remarks by the President in Address to the Nation on Syria,” The White House, 9/10/13“Obama Seeks Approval by Congress for Strike in Syria,” New York Times, 8/31/13“Inside the White House During the Syrian 'Red Line' Crisis,” The Atlantic, 6/3/18 FOREIGN POLICY “The Obama Doctrine,” The Atlantic, April 2016“In Obama’s Speeches, a Shifting Tone on Terror,” New York Times, 5/31/14 “BIRTHERISM” “In Flag City USA, False Obama Rumors Are Flying,” Washington Post, 6/30/08“President Obama's Long Form Birth Certificate,” The White House, 4/27/11“What Donald Trump has said through the years about where President Obama was born,” Los Angeles Times, 9/16/16 RUSSIA“U.S.–Russia Relations in the Second Obama Administration,” Brookings, 12/31/12“How the U.S.-Russian Relationship Went Bad,” The Atlantic, April 2019“Flashback: Obama’s debate zinger on Romney’s ‘1980s’ foreign policy (video),” Washington Post, 3/20/14 PRESIDENT TRUMP“Remarks by President Trump on the 75th Commemoration of D-Day,” White House, 6/6/19“Trump Delivered a Strong D-Day Speech—But It Clashed With His Personal Story,” The Atlantic, 6/6/19 IRAN“Why Tanker Blasts in the Gulf of Oman Have Put the World on Edge,” New York Times, 6/14/19“Trump Adds Troops After Iran Says It Will Breach Nuclear Deal,” New York Times, 6/17/19“Iran Nuclear Agreement, Council on Foreign Relations“Full text of the Iran nuclear deal,” Washington Post STAY TUNEDLieutenant Governor Cyrus Habib’s episode on Stay Tuned
June 17, 2019
In this clip from the CAFE Insider podcast, Preet and Anne Milgram discuss the Office of Special Counsel’s recommendation to remove Kellyanne Conway from the White House for alleged violations of the Hatch Act and Anne’s first speeding ticket…while she was the Attorney General of New Jersey.  To listen to the full episode, become a member at CAFE Insider at cafe.com/insider. REFERENCES & SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALS KELLYANNE CONWAY & THE HATCH ACTThe Office of Special Counsel’s (OSC) report detailing Kellyanne Conway’s violations of the Hatch ActThe Office of Special Counsel websiteHatch Act, Office of Special CounselWhite House Counsel Pat Cipollone’s letter to Special Counsel Henry Kerner responding to OSC’s report“What Is the Hatch Act? Explaining Why Trump Was Urged to Fire Kellyanne Conway,” Washington Post, 6/13/19“Trump on ‘Fox & Friends’: I will not fire Kellyanne Conway after watchdog rebuke,” Fox News, 6/14/19George Conway’s twitter  ANNE MILGRAM’S TRAFFIC TICKET“Speeding in New Jersey, Annotated,” New York Times, 8/11/08
June 13, 2019
David McCraw, Deputy General Counsel at the New York Times and author of Truth in our Times: Insider the Fight for Press Freedom in the Age of Alternative Facts, joins Preet for a wide-ranging conversation about press freedoms, press bias, and the legal battles over truth. Plus Preet answers your questions about the 2020 census, Bill Barr, security clearances & the term, "hinked up." Tweet your questions to @PreetBharara with the hashtag #askpreet, email us at staytuned@cafe.com, or call 669-247-7338 and leave a voicemail. REFERENCES & SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALS THE Q&A 2020 CENSUS“Skipping The 2020 Census Citizenship Question? You'll Still Be Counted,” National Public Radio, 4/19/18 WHEN DO PEOPLE SAY NO TO TRUMP?“People Are Trying to Figure Out William Barr. He’s Busy Stockpiling Power,” New York Times, 6/9/19“FBI's Wray: Spying is 'not the term I would use' to describe Trump campaign probe,” Politico, 5/7/19“Attorney General Jeff Sessions will recuse himself from any probe related to 2016 presidential campaign,” Washington Post, 3/2/17“McGahn, wary of "Saturday Night Massacre," refused Trump order to fire Mueller,” CBS News, 4/18/19 SECURITY CLEARANCES“What You Need To Know About Security Clearances, Inside And Outside The White House,” National Public Radio, 3/1/19“Security Clearances,” US Department of State DEFINITIONS“Hinked Up,” Urban Dictionary THE INTERVIEW TRUTH IN OUR TIMESTruth in our Times: Inside the Fight for Press Freedom in the Age of Alternative Facts, Macmillan “The Truth Is Hard. But for a New York Times Lawyer, Defending It Is Fun.,” New York Times, 3/11/19First Amendment, The Constitution, Legal Information Institute MCCRAW’S WRITTEN RESPONSE TO TRUMP’S LAWYER “Two Women Say Donald Trump Touched Them Inappropriately,” New York Times, 10/12/16Marc Kasowitz letter to the New York Times “The New York Times’s Lawyer Responds to Donald Trump,” New York Times, 10/13/16 NEW YORK TIMES V. SULLIVAN (1964)New York Times Company v. Sullivan (1964), OyezJustice Clarence Thomas’ concurring opinion for the case Kathrine Mae McKee v. William H. Cosby (2019)“Justice Clarence Thomas Calls for Reconsideration of Landmark Libel Ruling,” New York Times, 2/19/19“Libel,” Legal Information Institute “How a Times Court Decision Revolutionized Libel Law,” New York Times, 11/30/18 DONALD TRUMP Tax Returns“Pages From Donald Trump’s 1995 Income Tax Records,” New York Times, 10/1/16“Donald Trump Tax Records Show He Could Have Avoided Taxes for Nearly Two Decades, The Times Found,” New York Times, 10/1/16“The Time I Found Donald Trump’s Tax Records in My Mailbox,” New York Times, 10/2/16“The New York Times risked legal trouble to publish Donald Trump’s tax return,” Washington Post, 10/3/16 Finances “Trump Often Claimed To Be "The Largest Real Estate Developer In New York.” He Isn't.,” BuzzFeed News, 8/23/16“Trump Financial Affairs Face Political Scrutiny,” New York Times, 1/9/00 Administration“I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration,” New York Times, 9/5/18 FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT Department of Justice Guide to the Freedom of Information Act FOIA.gov, DOJ“How Times Reporters Use the Freedom of Information Act,” New York Times, 7/21/18“Freedom of Information Act,” History, 8/21/18 “How to ensure we have a more open, accountable government,” Washington Post, 3/13/19 THE “L” WORD“When to Call a Lie a Lie,” New York Times, 9/20/16“‘Call them lies’? Why we sometimes don’t use the L-word when Trump is wrong,” The Star, 5/28/18 DAVID BOIES & NYT“Harvey Weinstein’s Army of Spies,” New Yorker, 11/6/17“David Boies’s Egregious Involvement With Harvey Weinstein,” New York Times, 11/9/17“Weinstein Work Pulls Lawyer Back Into an Ethical Debate,” New York Times, 11/7/17 PRESSURE ON THE PRESS“Americans' Views on the Media,” Ipsos, 8/7/18 STAY TUNEDFloyd Abrams’ interview on Stay TunedMaggie Haberman’s interview on Stay Tuned CORRUPTION“In Illinois, a Virtual Expectation of Corruption,” New York Times, 12/13/08 THE BUTTON“Jon Stewart 9/11 First Responders Victims Fund House Judiciary Hearing,” C-SPAN, 6/11/19
June 6, 2019
Benjamin Dreyer, copy chief of Random House and author of the New York Times best  seller Dreyer’s English: An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style, joins Preet for a wide-ranging conversation about language, writing, and why good writing is a form of morality.   Tweet your questions to @PreetBharara with the hashtag #askpreet, email us at staytuned@cafe.com, or call 669-247-7338 and leave a voicemail. REFERENCES & SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALS THE Q&A TREASON“Trump doesn't seem to understand what 'treason' means,” NBCNews, 5/24/19Clip of Rep. Liz Cheney on ABC News discussing “treason” MUELLERSpecial Counsel Robert S. Mueller III Makes Statement on Investigation into Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election, Department of Justice DISTRICT ATTORNEYS“District Attorney (DA),” Legal Information Institute“Take Justice Off the Ballot,” New York Times, 5/22/10 TWITTER DISINFORMATIONDonald Trump, Jr.’s tweet and Preet’s response THE INTERVIEW BENJAMIN DREYERDreyer’s English: An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style, Random House“I’m not the grammar police. But writing well is an act of resistance,” Washington Post, 2/8/19 BOOKS REFERENCED IN EPISODEDoing Justice by Preet Bharara, KnopfHousekeeping by Marilynne Robinson, MacmillanCrazy Rhythm: From Brooklyn and Jazz to Nixon’s White House, Watergate, and Beyond by Leonard Garment, Da Capo Press PRONOUNS “Gender-neutral pronouns: When ‘they’ doesn’t identify as either male or female,” Washington Post, 10/27/14“She? Ze? They? What’s In a Gender Pronoun,” New York Times, 1/30/16 THE BUTTON TIANANMEN SQUARE“A Massacre, Erased,” Washington Post D-DAY“'Top Secret' maps reveal the massive Allied effort behind D-Day,” National Geographic, 6/3/19“Woman Suffrage Centennial,” United States Senate VOTING “What took so long for women to win the right to vote? Racism is one reason.,” Washington Post, 6/2/19Register to vote here
June 4, 2019
In this clip from the CAFE Insider podcast, Preet and Anne analyze Bill Barr's interview with CBS News and the President's allegations that the top ranks at the FBI committed "treason."  To listen to the full episode, become a member at CAFE Insider at cafe.com/insider. REFERENCES & SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALS: BILL BARR’S CBS NEWS INTERVIEW"William Barr interview: Read the full transcript,” CBSNews, 5/31/19  “TREASON”Article III, Section 3 of the Constitution, Legal Information Institute“18 U.S. Code § 2381. Treason,” Legal Information Institute “18 U.S. Code § 2384. Seditious conspiracy,” Legal Information Institute “Trump doesn't seem to understand what 'treason' means,” NBCNews, 5/24/19Clip of Rep. Liz Cheney on ABC News discussing “treason”Preet’s August 2018 appearance on "Real Time with Bill Maher"  DEFINITIONS"Vituperative," Merriam-Webster
May 30, 2019
On today’s special episode of Stay Tuned, Anne Milgram, the former NJ Attorney General and co-host of the CAFE Insider podcast, joins Preet to break down Robert Mueller’s first public statement since his appointment as Special Counsel. Then, presidential candidate, Andrew Yang, joins Preet for a wide-ranging conversation that covers his upbringing as the only Asian kid in school and Universal Basic Income, his signature proposal for addressing the economic consequences of automation.  Sign up at CAFE.com/preet to receive the show notes in your inbox. REFERENCES & SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALS THE Q&A“Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III Makes Statement on Investigation into Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election,” Department of Justice, 5/29/19Ari Melber tweeted a handout reporters got after Mueller’s statement that compares Bill Barr’s statements to those of Mueller.Bill Barr’s April 2019 Press Conference on the Mueller ReportThe 1973 and 2000 Office of Legal Counsel memos on indicting a sitting President THE INTERVIEW Andrew Yang:“Is Andrew Yang for Real?,” Politico, 5/20/19“Yang Gang,” KnowYourMeme“Our Policies,” Yang2020The War on Normal People, Hachette Books Mayor Pete Buttigieg:Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s interview on Stay Tuned Automation, Universal Basic Income & VAT: “US states that voted for Trump most vulnerable to job automation,’ Financial Times, 1/24/19 “Modeling the Macroeconomic Effects of a Universal Basic Income,” Roosevelt Institute, August 2017“Permanent Fund Dividend Division,” Alaska Department of Revenue“What is a VAT?” Tax Policy Center, 2016 Measuring Unemployment:“GDP and Economic Policy,” Council on Foreign Relations, 8/7/13“Economy at a Glance,” Bureau of Labor Statistics, 5/23/19“Alternative Measures of Labor Underutilization for States, Second Quarter of 2018 through First Quarter of 2019 Averages,” Bureau of Labor Statistics, 4/26/19“Here’s what the ‘real’ unemployment rate is,” CNBC, 3/8/19“19 times Trump called jobs numbers ‘fake’ before they made him look good,” Washington Post, 3/10/17 American Finances:“A $500 surprise expense would put most Americans into debt,” CBS News, 1/12/17“The government shutdown spotlights a bigger issue: 78% of US workers live paycheck to paycheck,” CNBC, 1/9/19 College Debt:“Morehouse College Graduates’ Student Loans to Be Paid Off by Billionaire,” New York Times, 5/19/19 Future of Retail:“Dressbarn, CVS, Pier 1 and Topshop shuttering stores, pushing planned closures to 7,150,” CNBC, 5/28/19“Amazon paid no federal taxes on $11.2 billion in profits last year,” Washington Post, 2/16/19 U.S. Population Estimates: “Population Estimates: Lawful Permanent Resident Population in the United States, January 2015,” Department of Homeland Security, May 2019“Population Estimates: Illegal Alien Population Residing in the United States, January 2015,” Department of Homeland Security, December 2018 Scientists in Congress:“Congress just got a bumper-crop of scientists. Meet the 11 new science whizzes on Capitol Hill,” Business Insider, 1/7/19“In Memoriam: The Office of Technology Assessment, 1972-95,” Office of Technology Assessment Archive“When Congress wiped an agency off the map,” Washington Post, 11/29/11 Social Media:“Interview with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg: Transcript,” ABC News, 4/4/19“The Trauma Floor,” The Verge, 2/25/19“Jaron Lanier Helped Create Social Media, And Now He’s Begging You To Leave It Behind,” HuffPost, 12/12/18 Tweet your questions to @PreetBharara with the hashtag #askpreet, email us at staytuned@cafe.com, or call 669-247-7338 and leave a voicemail.
May 23, 2019
To receive these show notes and updates from CAFE via email, sign up at cafe.com/preet. On this episode of Stay Tuned, Preet speaks with David Ignatius, Prize-winning journalist and columnist for the Washington Post. Plus, Preet answers your questions about:The difference between evidence and proofReports that Special Counsel Bob Mueller’s team does not want him to publicly testifyWhether Congress has the duty to impeach—not just the powerPardons, commutations, and exonerationsWhy Preet shaved his beard REFERENCES & SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALS THE Q&A Prospects of Mueller Testifying:“Special counsel's team hesitant about Mueller testifying publicly, part of hold up securing testimony,” CNN, 5/21/19 Trump & Impeachment:Preet’s tweet on impeachment, and his second one about 1990s timidity “Nancy Pelosi, Trying to Walk a Middle Path, Accuses Trump of a ‘Cover-Up’,” The New York Times, 5/22/19 Clemency:“What is the difference between a commutation of sentence and a pardon?,” Office of Pardon Attorney THE INTERVIEW Trump & Jared Kushner: “Trump’s Secretary of Everything: Jared Kushner,” CNN, 4/3/17“Jared Kushner did what?,” The Washington Post, 12/10/18 Mike Pompeo“On the road to swagger with Mike Pompeo: A year defending Trump’s worldview,” The Washington Post, 4/25/19“Mike Pompeo’s Mission: Clean Up Trump’s Messes,” The New York Times Magazine, 2/26/19 Past Presidents & Their National Security Advisors: “National Security Pick: From a Marine to a Mediator,” The New York Times, 11/28/08“In Miller Center Interview, Carter Recalls Relationship with Zbigniew Brzezinski,” UVAToday, 5/30/17“Presidents and the National Security Council,” Council on Foreign Relations, 11/12/08 Diplomacy: “The Value and Purpose of American Diplomacy,” American Foreign Service Association, 5/5/19 Alliances & Agreements:“What Is the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)?,” Council on Foreign Relations, 1/4/19“Where the U.S. has considered leaving or left international agreements under Trump,” The Washington Post, 6/29/18“America’s Allies Fear That Traditional Ties No Longer Matter Under Trump,” The New York Times, 12/21/18 Trump’s Dictatorial Flattery:“Nine Notorious Dictators, Nine Shout-Outs From Donald Trump,” The Atlantic, 3/4/18“Opinion: A President In Praise Of Strongmen And Dictators,” National Public Radio, 10/20/18 Trump Isolationism:“The Loneliest President,” Politico, 9/15/17“Going it alone: Trump increasingly relies on unilateral action to wield power,” The Washington Post, 6/11/18 Huawei:“Trump loves walls. But he should be careful about a digital barrier with China,” The Washington Post, 5/21/19“As Huawei Loses Google, the U.S.-China Tech Cold War Gets Its Iron Curtain,” The New York Times, 5/20/19“5G is at the center of America’s beef with Huawei – here’s why it’s such a big deal,” CNBC, 5/22/19 US-Iran Standoff:“America and Iran are both oddly eager for war,” The Washington Post, 5/16/19“Why the U.S.-Iran Conflict Is Now Coming to a Head,” The Washington Post, 5/22/19“Iran’s economy slumps as US sanctions pile on the pain,” Financial Times, 4/29/19“Threats would mean ‘official end’ of Iran, Trump warns in tweet,” The Washington Post, 5/19/19“Trump: I 'temper' Bolton's hawkish instincts,” Politico, 5/9/19 IRGC (Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corp):“Iran’s Revolutionary Guards,” Council on Foreign Relations, 5/6/19 2015 Iran Nuclear Agreement:“Full text of the Iran nuclear deal,” The Washington Post“The Impact of the Iran Nuclear Agreement,” Council on Foreign Relations, 5/8/18 Iraq:“How We Tried to Slow the Rush to War in Iraq,” Politico, 3/13/19 Avengers:Avengers: Endgame (2019) THE BUTTON“Morehouse College Graduates’ Student Loans to Be Paid Off by Billionaire,” The New York Times, 5/19/19 Tweet your questions to @PreetBharara with the hashtag #askpreet, email us at staytuned@cafe.com, or call 669-247-7338 and leave a voicemail.
May 20, 2019
In this clip from the CAFE Insider podcast, Preet and Anne discuss President Trump's approach to pardons and their concerns over process and fairness. To listen to the full episode, become a member at CAFE Insider at cafe.com/insider. REFERENCES AND SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALS: THE PARDON POWERArticle II of the Constitution, Legal Information Institute Office of the Pardon Attorney, Department of Justice Organization, Mission and Functions Manual: Office of the Pardon Attorney, Department of Justice Clemency Initiative (2014-2017), Department of Justice National Task Force on the Rule of Law & Democracy Proposals for Reform, Brennan Center Trump’s Recent Pardons:“The President and His Power to Pardon,” New York Times, 5/19/19“Trump pardons Pat Nolan, former GOP lawmaker taken down in FBI’s ‘Shrimpscam’ probe,” LATimes, 5/15/19 “Trump pardons billionaire friend Conrad Black, who wrote a book about him,” Washington Post, 5/15/19 “Trump May Be Preparing Pardons for Servicemen Accused of War Crimes,” New York Times, 5/18/19 Pardon of Marc Rich:“Rich Made His Fortune by Breaking the Rules,” Washington Post, 3/13/01“Holder admits 'mistakes' in Rich pardon,” CNN, 1/15/09“U.S. attorney launches criminal probe of Rich pardon,” CNN, 2/14/01 Pardon of Richard Nixon:“NO CONDITIONS SET Action Taken to Spare Nation and Ex‐Chief, President Asserts,” New York Times, 9/9/74
May 16, 2019
To receive these show notes and updates from CAFE via email, sign up at cafe.com/preet. On this episode of Stay Tuned, Preet speaks with Valerie Jarrett, President Obama's longest serving adviser and author of "Finding My Voice: My Journey to the West Wing and the Path Forward." Plus, Preet answers your questions about:Donald Trump Jr.'s testimony before the Senate Intelligence CommitteeAttorney General Bill Barr's appointment of Connecticut US Attorney John Durham to look into the origins of the Russia InvestigationThe fight for President Trump's tax returns REFERENCES & SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALS Q&A Trump’s tax returnsNew York State Senate Bill S5072A, “Trust Act”“New York Is Offering Trump’s Taxes, But Democrats May Not Bite,” Bloomberg, 5/14/19“A History of Presidential Tax Returns, NPR, 2/15/19 Donald Trump Jr. testimony“Donald Trump Jr. has agreed to appear for limited closed door session with Senate Intel committee,” ABC News, 5/14/19“Judiciary chairman says Trump Jr. should plead the Fifth to Intelligence panel,” The Washington Post, 5/13/19 John Durham “Barr’s pick to investigate the Mueller probe’s origins has a history of penetrating the FBI,” Washington Post, 5/14/19 THE INTERVIEW Valerie JarrettFinding My Voice: My Journey to the West Wing and the Path Forward, Penguin Random House“The Ultimate Obama Insider,” New York Times Magazine, 7/21/09“Friction over women’s role in Obama White House was intense,” Washington Post, 9/20/11 Chicago mayors: Harold Washington & Richard Daley “Harold,” This American Life, 11/21/97“Private Man with a Public Life,” Chicago Tribune, 11/26/87“The Daley Legacy, Inescapable,” New York Times, 9/12/10 Chicago politics“Is Chicago really that corrupt? Yes,” Chicago Tribune, 12/14/16“How Chicago Politics Produced A Deeply Entrenched Culture Of Corruption,” WBUR, 2/28/19 Barack Obama“In 2000, a Streetwise Veteran Schooled a Bold Young Obama,” New York Times, 9/9/07“Stunner in N.H.: Clinton defeats Obama,” NBC News, 1/9/08“Barack Obama’s New Hampshire Primary Speech,” New York Times, 1/8/08The Audacity of Hope, Penguin Random House, 2007“Senator Barack Obama 2004 Democratic National Convention Keynote Speech,” C-SPAN, 7/27/04“The Speech,” Chicago Magazine, 5/29/07“Even-Keeled Obama Built Image On Bridging Divides,” NPR, 9/25/08“Rep. Wilson shouts, 'You lie' to Obama during speech,” CNN, 9/10/09 Rahm Emanuel“Emanuel Wields Power Freely, and Faces the Risks,” New York Times, 8/15/09 BUTTONSenate Judiciary Committee Hearing Transcript, 5/17/07“Former Justice Deputy Describes Political Clash,” NPR, 5/15/07“Bombings in Madrid: The Attack; 10 Bombs Shatter Trains in Madrid, Killing 192,” New York Times, 3/12/04 Do you have a question for Preet? Tweet it to @PreetBharara with the hashtag #askpreet, email staytuned@cafe.com, or call 669-247-7338 and leave a voicemail.
May 13, 2019
In this clip from the CAFE Insider podcast, Preet and Anne discuss the implications of Rudy Giuliani’s now-cancelled trip to Ukraine. To listen to the full episode, become a member at CAFE Insider at cafe.com/insider. To receive the CAFE Brief, a free recap of politically charged legal matters, sign up at cafe.com/brief.
May 9, 2019
Contempt & The Court (with Joan Biskupic) REFERENCES AND SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALS THE Q&A Perjury18 U.S. Code § 1001 OLC Opinions The 1973 and 2000 Office of Legal Counsel memos on indicting a sitting President Executive Privilege & the subpoena fightsAttorney General Bill Barr’s letter to the President about executive privilege“Trump Asserts Executive Privilege Over Full Mueller Report,” The New York Times, 5/8/19“Trump Vows Stonewall of ‘All’ House Subpoenas, Setting Up Fight Over Powers,” The New York Times, 4/24/19“McConnell on Mueller report: 'Case closed',” Politico, 5/7/19“House Judiciary Committee Unveils Investigation into Threats Against the Rule of Law,” US House Committee on The Judiciary Signed Prosecutors Letter“Statement By Former Federal Prosecutors,” Medium, 5/6/19 THE INTERVIEW Chief Justice John RobertsThe Chief: The Life and Turbulent Times of Chief Justice John Roberts, BasicBooks“President Names Roberts as Choice for Chief Justice,” The New York Times, 9/6/05Roberts Confirmation Hearing, C-SPAN, 9/12/05Roberts’ Confirmation Hearings Conclude, National Public Radio, 9/15/05“Court Nominee's Life Is Rooted in Faith and Respect for Law,” The New York Times, 7/21/05“Senate Roll Call on Roberts Nomination,” The New York Times, 9/29/05“Files From Roberts' Reagan Years Are Released,” LATimes, 8/16/05“No More Mr. Nice Guy,” The New Yorker, 5/18/09“Rebuking Trump’s criticism of ‘Obama judge,’ Chief Justice Roberts defends judiciary as ‘independent,’” The Washington Post, 11/21/18 Chief Justice Charles Hughes“Hughes, Charles Evan,” CQ Press Supreme Court Collection Chief Justice William Rehnquist “Rehnquist the Great?,” The Atlantic, April 2005 Justice Sonia SotomayorBreaking In: The Rise of Sonia Sotomayor and the Politics of Justice, MacMillan“Sotomayor Confirmed by Senate, 68-31,” The New York Times, 8/6/09 Justice Elena Kagan“Elena Kagan moves up to big-game hunting with Antonin Scalia,” Washington Post, 7/1/13“Kagan’s life an undeviating course to high court,” NBCNews, 6/27/10 Justice Sandra Day O’ConnorSandra Day O’Connor: How the First Woman on the Court Became Its Most Influential Justice, HarperCollinsLazy B: Growing Up On A Cattle Branch in the American Southwest, Penguin Random House“O’Connor to resign from Supreme Court,” CNN, 7/1/05“William proposed. Sandra said no. They reunited on the Supreme Court,” The Washington Post, 10/31/18 Justice Antonin ScaliaAmerican Original: The Life and Constitution of Supreme Court Justice, MacMillan“Supreme Confidence,” The New Yorker, 3/28/05“BFFs Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Antonin Scalia agree to disagree,” LA Times, 6/22/15“Justice Scalia and Mr. Cheney,” The New York Times, 2/28/04“Scalia Angrily Defends His Duck Hunt With Cheney,” The New York Times, 3/18/04Scalia’s smoking at his confirmation hearingScalia’s confirmation hearing, C-SPAN, 8/5/86“In Memoriam: Justice Antonin Scalia,” Harvard Law Review, 5/8/19 Justice Anthony Kennedy“Justice Kennedy, the pivotal swing vote on the Supreme Court, announces his retirement,” The Washington Post, 6/27/18“A Brief History Of Anthony Kennedy's Swing Vote — And The Landmark Cases It Swayed,” National Public Radio, 6/27/18“Tracing the Meaning of ‘Swing Vote’ as Justice Kennedy Retires,” Wall Street Journal, 7/6/18 Justice David Souter“Souter known as low-key, fierce defender of individual rights,” CNN, 5/1/09 Robert Bork“The Sad Legacy of Robert Bork,’ The Atlantic, 12/19/12 The Supreme Court“The Court as an Institution,” Supreme Court of the United States“Opinions,” Supreme Court of the United States“Too Much Work?,” The New York Times, 8/7/13“Why Aren't Cameras Allowed at the Supreme Court Again?,” The Atlantic, 3/29/13“Debate over term limits for Supreme Court gains new life,” The Hill, 12/6/18“The Conservative Pipeline to the Supreme Court,” The New Yorker, 4/10/17“When Franklin Roosevelt Clashed with the Supreme Court – and Lost,” Smithsonian Magazine, May 2005 2019-2020 Supreme Court CasesSupreme 2019-2020 Term, Oyez“2019's Supreme Court cases to watch,” Axios, 4/23/19 The Census Case: Department of Commerce v. New YorkDepartment of Commerce v. New York (Argued on 4/23/19), SCOTUSblog“Argument analysis: Divided court seems ready to uphold citizenship question on 2020 census,’ SCOTUSblog, 4/23/19 The Muslim Ban: Trump v. HawaiiTrump v. Hawaii (2018), Oyez Voting Rights: Shelby County v. HolderShelby County v. Holder (2013), Oyez“Supreme Court Invalidates Key Part of Voting Rights Act,” The New York Times, 6/25/13 School integration: “Justices Reject Diversity Plans in Two Districts,” The New York Times, 6/28/07 The Affordable Care Act: King v. BurwellKing v. Burwell (2015), Oyez“The inside story of how John Roberts negotiated to save Obamacare,” CNN, 3/25/19“Affordable Care Act survives Supreme Court challenge,” The Washington Post, 6/25/15 AbortionRoe v. Wade (1973), Oyez“Justices won’t hear states’ appeal over Planned Parenthood,” AP News, 12/10/18 Do you have a question for Preet? Tweet it to @PreetBharara with the hashtag #askpreet, email staytuned@cafe.com, or call 669-247-7338 and leave a voicemail.
May 7, 2019
In this clip from the CAFE Insider podcast, Preet and Anne evaluate allegations that Attorney General Bill Barr committed perjury during congressional testimony. To listen to the full episode, become a member at CAFE Insider at cafe.com/insider REFERENCES & SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALS BILL BARRBill Barr’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, including exchanges with Senator Mazie Hirono, Senator Kamala Harris, and Senator Cory BookerSpecial Counsel Bob Mueller’s letter to Attorney General Bill BarrVideo: “Mueller’s ‘letter is a bit snitty,’” PBS Newshour, 5/1/19“The Catastrophic Performance of Bill Barr,” The Atlantic, 5/2/19“Attorney General Barr Skips Thursday's House Hearing,” NPR, 5/2/19“‘I don’t know’: Barr’s professed ignorance prompts calls for his resignation after Mueller letter,” Washington Post, 5/1/19“Here’s How William Barr Can Be Impeached But Why It’s Unlikely to Happen, According to Experts,” Newsweek, 5/1/19“Is There a Perjury Case Against Barr?,” Lawfare, 5/2/19Barr’s exchange with Senator Chris Van Hollen on 4/10/19Barr’s exchange with Rep. Charlie Crist on 4/9/19 Attorney General Bill Barr’s 3/24/19 letter summarizing Mueller’s principal conclusions
May 2, 2019
Barr Testimony & Accidental Presidents THE Q&A Bill Barr & Bob MuellerBill Barr’s hearing before the Senate Judiciary CommitteeAttorney General Bill Barr’s letter summarizing Mueller’s principal conclusionsBob Mueller’s March 27th letter to Bill Barr“Mueller complained that Barr’s letter did not capture ‘context’ of Trump probe,” Washington Post, 4/30/19“Trump asked his lawyer to cross legal lines. The Mueller report shows how he pushed back,” Washington Post, 4/19/19“William Barr Testimony Highlights: Attorney General Says He Thinks ‘Spying Did Occur’ on Trump Campaign,” New York Times, 4/10/19 Arnold Schwarzenegger“Kindergarten Cop,” 1999 THE INTERVIEW Jared CohenAccidental Presidents: Eight Men Who Changed America, Simon & SchusterChildren of Jihad: A Young American’s Travels Among the Youth of the Middle East, Penguin Random HouseJigsaw“Can Alphabet’s Jigsaw Solve Google’s Most Vexing Problems?,” Fast Company, 10/22/17 The Role of the Vice President“Vice President of the United States (President of the Senate),” United States Senate“‘His Accidency’: The first president to die in office and the Constitutional confusion that followed,” Washington Post, 3/31/19“The U.S. Vice President and Foreign Policy,” Council on Foreign Relations, 9/22/16“How The Value Of The Vice Presidential Pick Has Evolved,” NBC News, 7/13/16“How the vice president became a powerful and influential White House player,” Washington Post, 7/20/16“Why VPs Matter Less Than You Think,” Politico Magazine, 4/11/1“How F.D.R.’s Death Changed the Vice-Presidency,” New Yorker, 4/17/15“Here are a bunch of awful things vice presidents have said about being No. 2,” Washington Post, 10/3/14 Lyndon B. Johnson“Trip to Texas: Swearing-In Ceremony Aboard Air Force One, Lyndon B. Johnson (LBJ) As President,” JFK Presidential Library and Museum Archives, 1963“The Johnson Transition,” University of Virginia’s Miller Center“The Divided Legacy of Lyndon B. Johnson,” The Atlantic, 9/7/18“LBJ secures full presidential term, Nov. 3, 1964,” Politico, 11/03/17 Theodore Roosevelt“The Life of Theodore Roosevelt,” National Park Service“Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace,” National Park Service“Municipal Administration: The New York Police Force,” The Atlantic, September 1897“How This Photo of Theodore Roosevelt in Hunting Gear Helped Jump-Start the American Conservation Movement,” Time, 5/1/18 Harry Truman & his Secretaries of State“Harry S. Truman,” University of Virginia’s Miller Center“Harry S. Truman: Foreign Affairs,” University of Virginia's Miller Center“The Year the Veepstakes Really Mattered,” Politico, 7/10/16“Biographies of the Secretaries of State: Dean Gooderham Acheson (1893–1971),” Office of the Historian, State Dept“Biographies of the Secretaries of State: George Catlett Marshall (1880–1959),” Office of the Historian, State Dept Yalta“The Yalta Conference,1945,” The Office of The Historian“Dividing the Spoils,” Smithsonian Magazine, December 2002 Calvin Coolidge“Calvin Coolidge,” University of Virginia’s Miller Center Millard Fillmore“Millard Fillmore, 12th Vice President (1849-1850),” United States Senate William Harrison“William Harrison,” University of Virginia Miller Center Chester Arthur “Chester Arthur,” University of Virginia Miller Center The Assassinations of Presidents“President's Assassin Shot To Death In Jail Corridor By A Dallas Citizen; Grieving Throngs View Kennedy Bier,” New York Times, November 1963“Close calls: when American presidents diced with death,” The Guardian, 4/6/19 Sarah Palin“Analysis: Palin rocked campaign, for good and bad,” CNN, 11/6/08 2020 Election“In the 2020 election, an age-old question looms,” Washington Post, 12/3/18 HistoriansDavid McCulloughDoris Kearns GoodwinJulian Zelizer and Kevin Kruse’s interview on Stay Tuned Adam McKayAdam McKay’s interview on Stay Tuned Do you have a question for Preet? Tweet it to @PreetBharara with the hashtag #askpreet, email staytuned@cafe.com, or call 669-247-7338 and leave a voicemail.
April 29, 2019
In this clip from the CAFE Insider podcast, Preet and Anne discuss Attorney General Bill Barr's upcoming congressional testimony and propose effective lines of questioning. To listen to the full episode, become a member at CAFE Insider at cafe.com/insider REFERENCES AND SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALS BILL BARR’S CONGRESSIONAL TESTIMONY, A PREVIEW:Video of Bill Barr Press Conference on Mueller’s report, plus the transcript of his opening remarks, 04/18/2019Transcript: Bill Barr’s answers questions at the Mueller report press conference, 04/18/2019“Barr's appearance at House hearing now in doubt because of dispute with Democrats,” CNN, 04/28/2019“Who Is Christine Blasey Ford, The Woman Accusing Brett Kavanaugh Of Sexual Assault?” NPR, 09/17/2018“Meet Rachel Mitchell, the woman questioning Ford about her Kavanaugh allegations at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing,” Business Insider, 09/27/20181973 and 2000 OLC memos on indicting a sitting president
April 25, 2019
Ken Feinberg, perhaps America’s most renowned mediator, joins Preet for a wide-ranging discussion about his unique role in the American legal system: the Special Master of victim compensation funds set up in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, the Virginia Tech shooting, the BP oil spill, and many other disasters that pose particular challenges for the courts. Plus, Feinberg shares stories from his early career working in the Senate for the late Senator Ted Kennedy. REFERENCES & SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALS THE Q&A Friendship“Barr v. Mueller: Friends pitted against each other,” Politico, 4/18/19“Comey: I’m ‘not friends’ with Mueller,” Politico, 12/8/18 Don McGahn“Ex-White House Counsel Don McGahn Emerges as Key Obstruction Witness,” Bloomberg, 4/18/19An excerpt of Rudy Giuliani’s interview on CNN’s “State of the Union,” and a transcript of the interview“The Trump team still maintains Trump didn’t try to fire Mueller. Mueller disagrees,” Washington Post, 4/22/19 Rod RosensteinBill Barr and Rod Rosenstein’s press conference“Internet mocks Rod Rosenstein's 'hostage stare,’” CNN, 4/19/19“How Rod Rosenstein Protects the Mueller Investigation,” Lawfare, 9/27/18 Lawyers’ Lawyers“Trump World lawyers up,” The Hill, 7/13/17“A lawyer who represents himself has a fool for a client, adage says,” Houston Business Journal, 2/8/04 Subpoena"Subpoena,” Legal Information Institute“Testing of a President: The Overview; Clinton Agrees to Testify for Lewinsky Grand Jury; Starr Retracts Subpeona,” NYT, 7/30/98“Robert Mueller Let Donald Trump Duck Direct Questions About Obstruction,” New Yorker, 4/18/19 THE INTERVIEW Ken Feinberg Who Gets What: Fair Compensation after Tragedy and Financial Upheaval, Public Affairs, 2012“Take a Number,” Washington Post, 3/11/02“Just Money,” New York Times Magazine, 12/8/02“Meet Ken Feinberg, the Master of Disasters,” Observer, 3/9/16“Veterans Accept $180 Million Pact on Agent Orange,” NYT, 5/8/84“What do the Church’s Victims Deserve?,” NYT, 4/8/19 Senator Ted Kennedy & The Senate“'The Last Great Senate: Courage and Statesmanship in Times of Crisis,’ by Ira Shapiro,” Washington Post, 4/20/12“How did John McCain and Ted Kennedy find common ground? ‘They listened,’” PBS NewsHour, 8/29/18“Kenneth Feinberg Oral History, Counsel, Senate Judiciary Committee; chief of staff to EMK,” Edward M. Kennedy Institute, 2016 Tort System“Tort,” Legal Information Institute“Costs and Compensation of the U.S. Tort System,” US Chamber Institute for Legal Reform, October 2018 Judge Weinstein & Sentencing GuidelinesFederal Sentencing Guidelines: 2008 manual“This Judge Defends ‘Unredeemable’ Even as He Sends Them to Prison,” NYT, 12/8/17“From the Bench, a New Look at Punishment,” NYT, 8/26/15 THE BUTTONVideo from Lyra McKee’s funeral“A Journalist's Killing in Northern Ireland Comes As Tensions Threaten to Boil Over,” Time, 4/24/19“Member of IRA splinter group arrested over killing of Northern Ireland journalist Lyra McKee,” CBS News, 4/23/19 Do you have a question for Preet? Tweet it to @PreetBharara with the hashtag #askpreet, email staytuned@cafe.com, or call 669-247-7338 and leave a voicemail.
April 19, 2019
Preet and his guest, Anne Milgram, the former New Jersey Attorney General and co-host of the CAFE Insider podcast, analyze the newly released Mueller report. Bonus analysis from today’s episode is available for CAFE Insider members. To join the Insider community and hear the rest of this conversation—plus receive access to Insider podcasts, a newsletter, and more—head to cafe.com/insider REFERENCES AND SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALSThe (redacted) Mueller reportBill Barr’s press conference, plus the transcript of his remarksThe 1973 and 2000 Office of Legal Counsel memos regarding DOJ policy on indicting a sitting President Do you have a question for Preet? Tweet it to @PreetBharara with the hashtag #askpreet, email staytuned@cafe.com, or call 669-247-7338 and leave a voicemail.
April 18, 2019
Preet previews what he’s looking for in the Mueller Report and answers listener questions on the topic as the Stay Tuned team gears up for our special episode: The Mueller Report, featuring Anne Milgram. Coming later today (tomorrow morning at the latest). WEBBY’S AWARD Also, today is the last day for you to vote for Stay Tuned for best individual episode of a podcast: Bill Browder.
April 15, 2019
In this clip from the CAFE Insider podcast, Preet and Anne discuss Wikileaks founder Julian Assange's indictment.  To listen to the full episode, become a member at CAFE Insider at cafe.com/insider Sign up for the free CAFE Brief newsletter which features news and analysis of politically charged legal matters, sent every Tuesday and Friday. REFERENCES & SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALS: JULIAN ASSANGE’S INDICTMENT & PRESS FREEDOMSJulian Assange’s indictment filed by the Eastern District of Virginia“Assange: A Self-Proclaimed Foe of Secrecy Who Inspires Both Admiration and Fury,” NYT, 4/11/19“Julian Assange has been charged, prosecutors reveal inadvertently in court filing,” Washington Post, 11/15/18“Press Freedoms and the Case Against Julian Assange, Explained,” NYT, 4/11/19“Q: Could U.S. Prosecute Reporters For Classified Scoops? A: Maybe,” NPR, 3/22/17“How Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning became intertwined,” ABCNews, 4/12/19“Everything You Need to Know About Wikileaks,” MIT Technology Review, 12/9/10“Julian Assange, A Man Without A Country,” New Yorker, 8/14/17“Julian Assange’s arrest could end as a test for press freedom,” CNN, 4/11/19“Trump on WikiLeaks after Assange arrest: ‘It’s not my thing,’” The Hill, 4/11/19Christina Wilkie’s tweet documenting Trump’s inconsistent love of Wikileaks “Behind the Race to Publish the Top-Secret Pentagon Papers,” NYT, 12/20/17“What Would Daniel Ellsberg Do With the Pentagon Papers Today?,” NYT, 4/18/10
April 11, 2019
Stay Tuned Episode 04/11/19 Bob Caro, the two-time Pulitzer-Prize winning author whose biographies of Robert Moses and LBJ double as studies of political power, joins Preet to kick off a special Stay Tuned series of conversations with writers about their craft, their lives, and life lessons. Caro’s new book is called Working.  WEBBY AWARDS Stay Tuned with Preet has been nominated for a Webby Award for the best individual episode of a podcast. The selection is Preet’s interview with Bill Browder, a financier who became the driving force behind the Magnitsky Act and is now often described as President Putin’s #1 foe. If you haven’t already, check out the episode, and cast your vote for Stay Tuned at webbyawards.com, in the podcast category. We appreciate your support! REFERENCES & SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALS Check out Preet’s book, “Doing Justice”! Like the Q&A at the top of Stay Tuned? Check out CAFE Insider, which includes a weekly podcast from Preet and his co-host Anne Milgram on the latest news at the intersection of law and politics. THE Q&A Bill Barr & the Mueller Report“William Barr Testimony Highlights: Attorney General Says He Thinks ‘Spying Did Occur’ on Trump Campaign,” NYT, 4/10/19“William Barr Says Mueller Report Will Be Public ‘Within a Week,’” NYT, 4/9/19“Limited information Barr has shared about Russia investigation frustrated some on Mueller’s team,” WaPo, 4/4/19“William Barr’s Choices,” New Yorker, 4/7/19Rule 6, The Grand Jury, Legal Information InstituteAG Bill Barr’s letter summarizing Mueller’s principal conclusions Kirstjen Nielsen & the “Acting” Cabinet “Kirstjen Nielsen Resigns as Trump’s Homeland Security Secretary,” NYT, 4/7/19“Trump relies on acting Cabinet officials more than most presidents. It’s not an accident,” WaPo, 4/8/19“Nominations: A Historical Overview,” United States Senate THE INTERVIEW Robert Caro Books:Working: Researching, Interviewing, WritingThe Power BrokerThe Path to PowerMeans of AscentMaster of the SenateThe Passage of Power Senate Desks“Desk Jockeying in the Senate Creates a Hotbed of Intrigue,” WSJ, 1/7/03“Names Listed inside the Desk Drawer,” Senate Chamber Desks Robert Moses“Robert Moses: An Atlantic Portrait,” The Atlantic, Feb 1939“Robert Moses, Builder, Left Behind His Power Tool,” NYT, 2/14/07“Robert Moses, Master Builder, Is Dead at 92,” NYT, 7/30/81“One Man's Dream, Blissful Jones Beach Is Like No Other Place,” NYT, 9/28/97“Robert Moses and the decline of the NYC subway system,” Curbed, 7/27/17“Cross Bronx Expressway: Historical Overview,” NYC Roads Lyndon B. JohnsonLBJ Presidential Library“Lyndon Bains Johnson,” United States Senate“Lyndon B. Johnson,” PBS“The American Promise,” Lyndon Johnson’s speech to Congress, 3/15/65“The Great Society at 50,” WaPo, 5/17/14“Lyndon Johnson’s Vietnam,” NYT, 2/24/17“How LBJ Saved the Civil Rights Act,” The Atlantic, April 2014“Lyndon Johnson left office as a deeply unpopular president. So why is he so admired today?” WaPo, 3/30/18“LBJ and Sad Irons,” Texas Escapes, 9/10/10 LBJ Speech Writers“The LBJ the Nation Seldom Saw,” LBJ Presidential Library, former LFB speechwriter Rob Hardesty“Richard Goodwin: The Speechwriter Who Named the ‘Great Society,’” Politico, 12/30/18“Horace Busby, 76, Ex-White House Aide and Johnson Adviser,” NYT, 6/3/00 Al Smith“Alfred E. Smith Dies Here at 70; 4 Times Governor,” NYT, 10/4/44“Frank and Al: A Tale of two New Yorks,” Politico, 3/4/14 R.P. Blackmur“Blackmur, Richard P.” Princeton Companion, 1978 Anthony TrollopeAnthony Trollop, The Palliser Novels“Trollope Trending,” New Yorker, 4/27/15 Bob Woodward“Bob Woodward Gets to the Bottom of Things: Timeless Investigative Journalism,” Writer’s Digest, August 1996 Belle Moskowitz“Belle Moskowitz,” Jewish Women’s Archive THE BUTTON Kurt Vonnegut“Kurt Vonnegut, Writer of Classics of the American Counterculture, Dies at 84,” NYT, 4/11/07 Books:God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater (1998)  Welcome to the Monkey House (2014)Slaughterhouse-Five (1999)Breakfast of Champions (1999)The Sirens of Titan (1998)Slapstick (1999)A Man Without a Country (2007)  William Goldman Goldman, Adventures in the Screen Trade (1989) Do you have a question for Preet? Tweet it to @PreetBharara with the hashtag #askpreet, email staytuned@cafe.com, or call 669-247-7338 and leave a voicemail.
April 8, 2019
In this clip from the CAFE Insider podcast, Preet and Anne discuss the political and legal questions raised by House Committee on Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal's letter to the IRS requesting six years of President Trump's tax returns.  To listen to the full episode, become a member at CAFE Insider at cafe.com/insider
April 4, 2019
Stay Tuned: Security Clearances & The Learning Mindset (with Sal Khan) 04/04/19 Sal Khan, the founder and CEO of the non-profit online education platform Khan Academy, joins Preet for a wide-ranging conversation about teaching, parenting, and the learning mindset.  REFERENCES AND SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALS Q&A Rod Rosenstein A June 2018 article in the NYT on Rosenstein’s involvement in the firing of FBI director James ComeyA September 2018 report in the NYT, “Rod Rosenstein Suggested Secretly Recording Trump and Discussed 25th Amendment”An October 2018 article from the WSJ, “Rod Rosenstein Defends Mueller Probe as ‘Appropriate and Independent’”A May 2017 report from NPR: “Trump Told Russians He Fired 'Nut Job' Comey Because Of Investigation.” The Mueller ReportBarr’s letter summarizing the principal conclusions of the Mueller report, and his second letter updating lawmakers on the process of making the report publicAn article in the NYT, “Subpoena for Mueller Report and Documents Approved by House Judiciary Committee” Security clearances An article from the Washington Post on security clearance reversals during the Trump administrationThe Washington Post reporting on Trump’s decision to revoke former CIA Director John Brennan’s security clearanceTwitter account for Walter Shaub, former Director of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics From the interview Sal KhanKhan AcademyKhan Lab SchoolKhan’s op-ed, “The Learning Myth: Why I’ll Never Tell My Son He’s Smart”Khan’s book, “The One World School House: Education Reimagined” Mindset and attention spansCarol Dweck’s research on mindset, plus her TedTalk on the subjectA literature review on studies concerning attention spans Wealth inequity Analysis from the Washington Post: “Wealth concentration returning to ‘levels last seen during the Roaring Twenties,’ according to new research” Standardized testing and schoolsAn article in the NYT on standardized testing, and its futureAn article in the Atlantic, “Why Doesn’t Public School Start at Birth?” Do you have a question for Preet? Tweet it to @PreetBharara with the hashtag #askpreet, email staytuned@cafe.com, or call 669-247-7338 and leave a voicemail.
April 1, 2019
In this clip from CAFE Insider, Preet and his co-host Anne Milgram discuss Mueller's approach to the report and whether Barr will invoke executive privilege. To listen to the full episode, become a member at CAFE Insider at cafe.com/insider   References and supplemental material  Bill Barr and the Mueller ReportBarr’s second letter to lawmakers giving an update on the release of the Mueller reportFederal Rules of Criminal Procedure: Rule 6 (e) “The Grand Jury, Recording and Disclosing the Proceedings”The 2008 Office of Legal Counsel Opinion, “Assertion of Executive Privilege Concerning the Special Counsel’s Interviews of the Vice President and Senior White House Staff”An article in the NYT reporting on the length and release of Mueller’s reportAn explainer from the Washington Post on how executive privilege works and how it doesn’t
March 28, 2019
Steve Martin is a leading prison reform advocate who served as the court-appointed monitor of Rikers Island prison complex in New York. He’s also the co-author of “Texas Prisons: The Walls Came Tumbling Down.” Q&A  -       Attorney General Bill Barr’s letter summarizing Mueller’s principal conclusions -       SDNY’s criminal complaint filed against Michael Avenatti THE INTERVIEW  The other Steve Martin -       Steve Martin, the actor -       Steve Martin’s iconic arrow hat Rikers Island -       An article from the NYT, “What is Rikers Island?” -       An article from the New Yorker on the plan to close Rikers SDNY & Rikers -       SDNY’s 2014 report on the excessive use of force against adolescent inmates housed at Rikers Island -       An article from the NYT on SDNY’s decision to join a lawsuit against New York City over the conditions at Rikers -       The consent decree Nunez v. City of New York -       An article in the WSJ reporting Steve Martin’s appointment, plus a list of his monitor reports  The Stanford Prison Experiment -       Background on the Stanford Prison Experiment   Death penalty -       Furman v. Georgia, 1972 -       A 1997 article from Mother Jones on conditions at Texas death row prisons, including the Work Capable Program Solitary confinement -       An article from the NYT detailing a report that compares solitary confinement policies in Texas to torture, plus the report Books -       David Garland, “Punishment and Modern Society: A Study in Social Theory” -       Mikhail Khodorkovsky, “My Fellow Prisoners” -       Shane Bauer, “American Prison: A Reporter’s Undercover Journey Into the Business of Punishment” and a report from NPR about the book -       Gresham Skyes, “The Society of Captives: A Study of a Maximum Security Prison” First Step Act -       The First Step Act, and an article from Vox on the law -       An article from the ACLU on women’s health in prisons, and the proposed reforms through the First Step Act Corrections Officers -       A California study that found correctional officers at high risk of PTSD Violence and mortality in jails -       A 2016 study by NYC comptroller that found violence is increasing in city jails, despite a shrinking population -       Bureau of Justice Statistics 2016 report on Mortality in Local Jails, 2000-2014.   Private prisons -       2018 report from The Sentencing Project on private prisons Sentencing disparities -       The Sentencing Project on racial disparity in the criminal justice system, plus a 2017 report from the United States Sentencing Commission on demographic differences in sentencing Recidivism -       2018 update from Bureau of Justice Statistics on recidivism rates BUTTON  -       www.DoingJusticeBook.com
March 25, 2019
In this clip from the CAFE Insider podcast, Preet and his co-host Anne Milgram discuss Mueller’s decision not to take a firm position on the question of whether the president obstructed justice and Attorney General Bill Barr’s decision to absolve the president on this matter. To listen to the full episode, become a member of CAFE Insider at CAFE.com/insider. References and supplemental materials: Bill BarrAG Bill Barr’s letter to congressional leaders summarizing Bob Mueller’s principal conclusions
March 21, 2019
Preet was interviewed about his new book “Doing Justice” by CBS This Morning’s Bianna Golodryga at a live taping of Stay Tuned at NYU’s Skirball Center. Taped on 3/19/19 REFERENCES & SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALS The Q&AAn article from the NYT, “Will We Ever See Mueller’s Report on Trump? Maybe,” plus an article from NBC News reporting on Trump’s comments that the report should be made public.An article from the NYT about the college admissions schemeThe documents related to Michael Cohen’s search warrant, including analysis from the NYT on the released materialsAn article from the Washington Post about imposing term limits on Supreme Court JusticesA report from the Washington Post on Roger Stone’s upcoming trial in DC, set for November 2019Rick Gates’ status report, submitted by Mueller’s team on 3/15/19A report from NBC News that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will delay his departure from the Department of Justice The Interview“Doing Justice” Reviews & Features: Washington Independent Review of Books, 03/18/19: “Preet Bharara writes that you will not find God or grace in legal concepts or in formal notions of criminal justice. But be assured that you’ll find God and grace in this fascinating book.”The Guardian, 03/15/19:”At its most powerful, Doing Justice works as a metaphorical survival guide for the Trump era. As with everything Bharara does, he writes in a tone that is calm and considered, a warm bath after the outrage of Trump’s daily tweets.”Lawfare Blog, 03/12/19: (From Stay Tuned guest Chuck Rosenberg) “Doing Justice” is a consistently compelling and important tale, well written and well worth reading.New York Times, 02/28/19: (12 New Books to Watch for in March): “The former chief prosecutor of the Southern District of New York, Bharara was fired by President Trump in 2017. In this book, he outlines how the justice system works, and makes a case for why those bedrock principles are critical to society.”Publisher’s Weekly, 02/12/19: (Starred Review) “With its approachable human moments, tragic and triumphant cases, heroic investigators, and depictions of hardworking everyday people, this book is a rare thing: a page-turning work of practical moral philosophy.”Kirkus Review, 01/06/19: (Starred Review) “The former federal prosecutor for the Southern District of New York skillfully explains how he approached his job, offering a mixture of guiding principles and compelling anecdotes” Media AppearancesPBS Newshour, 3/20/19: Watch Preet's interview with Judy Woodruff on PBS Newshour.Live with Katy Tur, 03/20/19: Watch Preet’s interview on Live with Katy Tur.Morning Joe, 03/19/19: Watch Preet’s interview on Morning Joe with Joe Scarborough, Jonathan Lemire, Susan Del Percio, and Willie Geist.The View, 03/19/19: Watch Preet’s interview on The View with co-hosts Joy Behar, Meghan McCain, Sunny Hostin, and Abby Huntsman.Ari Melber, 03/19/19: Watch Preet’s interview on The Beat with Ari Melber.CBS This Morning, 03/18/19: Watch Preet’s interview on CBS This Morning with co-hosts Gayle King, Norah O’Donnell and Bianna Golodryga.Face the Nation, 03/17/19: Watch Preet’s interview with Margaret Brennan on the latest news and his book, Doing Justice. Read the transcript here. Do you have a question for Preet? Tweet it to @PreetBharara with the hashtag #askpreet, email staytuned@cafe.com, or call 669-247-7338 and leave a voicemail.
March 18, 2019
In this clip from the latest episode of the CAFE Insider podcast, Preet and his co-host Anne Milgram discuss the New Zealand terror attacks and the tactics available to law enforcement for targeting domestic terrorists. To listen to the full episode, become a CAFE Insider member at CAFE.com/insider References in this clip:Reports from the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Counterterrorism and Countering Violent Extremism and the list of foreign terrorist organizationAn article from the NYT reporting on the tram shooting in the Netherlands
March 14, 2019
Ed Luce is the Washington columnist and commentator for the Financial Times. This interview was taped on 3/12 REFERENCES AND SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIAL From Q&A: ManafortAn article from the NYT on Manafort’s sentencing by Judge Amy Berman Jackson in D.C.A comment from Manafort’s lawyer, Kevin Downing, suggesting his client was selectively prosecutedAn indictment of Paul Manafort by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office; plus an article from the NYT on the DA’s charges College Admissions Scandal Listener question from Still PaulThe college admissions scandal indictment, and a report from NPR about the scandal The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) statute, plus an article from the NYT about RICO lawsuits DOJ policy on indicting a presidentThe 1973 and 2000 Office of Legal Counsel memos From the interview: Luce Luce’s most recent book, The Retreat of Western LiberalismLuce’s Financial Times op-ed, “America’s unexpected socialist dawn,” plus Luce’s op-ed page Trump An article from Vox on Michael Cohen’s closing statement from his 2/27 testimony before Congress, including his remarks on 2020A list from NPR of strongmen Trump has praised Negative partisanship An op-ed from the Washington Post about negative partisanship and Newt GingrichA paper by Emory political scientists Alan Abramowitz and Steven Webster, “All Politics is National: The Rise of Negative Partisanship and the Nationalization of U.S. House and Senate Elections in the 21st Century”  Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC)An article from the Washington Post comparing AOC and DJT’s social media strategyThe most recent resolution outlining the Green New Deal, and a report from NPR on the Deal and its origin Institutional TrustAn article in The Atlantic on declining levels of trust in institutions across the globe Britain A brief explanation of Britain’s constitutional monarchyAn update from the NYT on Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit PlanBritain’s Attorney General Geoffrey Cox’s tweet, “Bollocks,” in response to a critiqueA procedural explanation of the Prime Minister’s Questions, which you can watch here. Plus, an article in the Guardian recounting its history (including Harold Macmillan’s queasiness)An op-ed from the NYT imagining a Prime Minister’s Questions session in the U.S. HungaryAn article in the NYT about Hungary’s eroding democracy India An article from Bloomberg on India’s upcoming election, the largest exercise of democracy on the planet ChinaAn article in Foreign Affairs on communist China’s capitalist development SocialismAn article from The Atlantic on Trump’s application of the term “socialist”An article from the NYT on Teddy Roosevelt’s crusade for the inheritance taxAn article in the NYT about Sweden’s response to the banking crisis MediaAn article from Bloomberg on the decline of local news, and the subsequent consequences Vocabulary Bollocks = nonsenseSui generis = constituting a class alone; unique Do you have a question for Preet? Tweet it to @PreetBharara with the hashtag #askpreet, email staytuned@cafe.com, or call 669-247-7338 and leave a voicemail.
March 7, 2019
Pete Buttigieg is the Mayor of South Bend, Indiana, and a possible candidate for president in 2020. A Rhodes Scholar and U.S. Navy Reserve veteran, Buttigieg was elected at age of 29. He’s the author of a new book, Shortest Way Home: One Mayor’s Challenge and a Model for America’s Future. REFERENCES AND SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIAL: Q&A and buttonThe House Judiciary Committee’s Document Requests, issued on 3/4/19, to 81 recipientsRepresentative Jerry Nadler’s interview on This Week (3/3/19), where he says impeachment is “a long way away”An article in the NYT on Bill Clinton’s 1998 impeachment A report from CNN on the two gerrymandering cases coming before the Supreme Court later this month Mapmaker: The Gerrymandering Game, and their kickstarterAn article from NBC News on the origin of the MapMaker GameArnold Schwarzenegger tweets about the MapMaker Game The Interview – Buttigieg’s political profileAn article from the NYT on the launch of Buttigieg’s Presidential exploratory committeeFrank Bruni’s 2016 op-ed, The First Gay President?An article in the New Yorker from 2016 when Obama identifies Buttigieg as a rising Democratic starButtigieg’s 2015 op-ed, South Bend mayor: Why coming out mattersButtigieg’s 2000 winning essay for “Profiles in Courage” on Bernie Sanders Philosophers and philosophies An overview of John Rawls’ philosophies, plus his 2002 obituaryA history of utilitarianismAn overview of Immanuel Kant’s moral philosophy, plus a chapter by Professor Michael Sandal, who helps break down Kantian ethics (and how it compares to a utilitarian perspective) Labels and etymologyA fact check from the Washington Post about the application of the word “socialism,” and its shifting usage in politics (historical and present); Plus analysis from Gallup polls on Americans’ perception of socialismAn explanation from Merriam-Webster Dictionary on the origin and etymology of the word “liberal”A definition of “progressive” plus an article from the NYT Magazine analyzing the use of the word “progressive” in politics Presidential politics and policyPresidential candidate Amy Klobuchar’s announcement, in the middle of a snowstormAn op-ed in the Washington Post about presidents and military serviceThe Intermediate-Range Treaty, plus an explanation from the NYT on the INF Treaty, and what it means that the U.S. is withdrawing from itA video from Ted-Ed on the Electoral College and Congressional Research Service report on its history, plus an article from Politico on the prospect of electoral college reformAn article from NBC Chicago on Obama’s Indiana win in 2008 Do you have a question for Preet? Tweet it to @PreetBharara with the hashtag #askpreet, email staytuned@cafe.com, or call 669-247-7338 and leave a voicemail.
February 28, 2019
Bryan Stevenson is a a civil rights attorney who represents prisoners on death row. Described as “America’s Nelson Mandela,” his Equal Justice Initiative, a non-profit law firm based in Alabama, is dedicated to challenging racial injustice and ending mass incarceration. Stevenson is also the author of the New York Times best-selling memoir Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption.  REFERENCES AND SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIAL Q&AMichael Cohen’s prepared opening statement before the House Oversight CommitteeMichael Cohen’s testimony before the House Oversight CommitteeAn article from the Washington Post about Representative Matt Gaetz’s tweet and the Florida Bar’s investigation Rule 35 - Correcting or reducing a sentence Stevenson & EJIStevenson’s book, Just MercyThe movie adaptation of Just Mercy (2020)The Equal Justice InitiativeEJI’s The Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass IncarcerationEJI’s The National Memorial for Peace and Justice (and efforts to create memorials in Berlin and South Africa) Supreme Court Brown v. Board of Education, 1954SCOTUS decisions concerning the death penalty: Furman v. Georgia (1972), Gregg v. Georgia (1976), McCleskey v. Kemp (1987)An article in the Washington Post on the McCleskey opinion and dissent (“fear of too much justice”)A 1994 paper by David Baldus and co. addressing to the “inevitability doctrine”SCOTUS decisions concerning life sentences without parole for juveniles: Graham v. Florida (2010), Miller v. Alabama (2010), Sullivan v. Florida (2010), Jackson v. Hobbes (2012)The SCOTUS decision that struck down the death penalty for juveniles: Roper v. Simmons, 2005 (and an article from the NYT analyzing the court opinion)The SCOTUS decision that struck down the death penalty for mentally ill folks: Atkins v. Virginia, 2002The SCOTUS decision that justified Japanese internment: Korematsu v. United States ,1944An article in the Washington Post on court nominees refusing to answer questions about Brown v. Board of EducationThe Scottsboro Boys case and the ultimate pardon of the wrongfully accused CongressAn article from the Asia Society on the history of Asian exclusion actsHistory of The Klu Klux Klan Act Constitutional AmendmentsEighth AmendmentThirteenth Amendment AlabamaAn article in the New Yorker about Alabama judges’ power to “override” jury rulings and impose the death penaltyArticles in Slate about Alabama’s Confederate Memorial Day and Robert E. Lee DayArticles in the Washington Post about Goodloe Sutton’s editorial calling for the return of the KKK and his subsequent resignation and replacement. Plus, Senator Jones and Representative Sewell’s reactions to Sutton Judicial electionsAn article by Adam Liptak in the NYT on judicial elections, and analysis from The Brennan Center on how judicial elections impact sentencingA 2012 article from the Yale Law Journal, “The Origins of the Elected Prosecutor”Recently elected District Attorneys in Philadelphia, Chicago, Brooklyn, Baltimore Relevant newsAn article from the NYT about Virginia officials wearing blackface in the pastA timeline from the NYT on Jussie Smollett, plus an update on his role on the TV series, “Empire.”  Do you have a question for Preet? Tweet it to @PreetBharara with the hashtag #askpreet, email staytuned@cafe.com, or call 669-247-7338 and leave a voicemail.
February 21, 2019
Christiane Amanpour is an award-winning journalist and Chief International Correspondent for CNN. She is also the host of Amanpour & Company, a CNN, PBS and WNET collaboration that features conversations with leaders and influencers across the globe. Christiane and Preet discuss:Her career as an international correspondent covering war zonesThe difference between being truthful and neutralHow to prepare for an interview with a dictatorReporting on the trial of Saddam Hussein in 1995 References and supplemental materials The Q&A and the ButtonThe National Emergencies ActTrump’s press conference where he declares a National EmergencyMulti-state lawsuit challenging Trump’s National Emergency declarationAn article in the Washington Post on the origin of the National Emergencies Act and its previous uses.An article from The Atlantic on eminent domainChris Wallace interview with Stephen MillerThe NYT article, Intimidation, Pressure and Humiliation: Inside Trump’s Two-Year War on the Investigations Encircling Him Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker’s testimony before the House Judiciary Committee An article in Washington Post on Trump’s (*not Preet’s) $50,000 golf simulatorPresident Reagan’s remarks at the Ceremony for the Medal of Freedom (1/19/89), and transcript.  From the interview Amanpour’s show, Amanpour & Co.Amanpour’s pinned tweet, “Truthful, not neutral”Amanpour’s interview with Pres Erdogan and transcriptAmanpour’s interview with President Mugabe, and transcript  Amanpour’s interview with President Obiang, and transcriptAmanpour’s report on Saddam Hussein’s trial in 2005Amanpour’s Sex and Love Around the World seriesAmanpour reflects on reporting in Bosnia in the 1990sAmanpour’s reflection on working in the Gulf War pool systemCNN’s rise during the Gulf WarThe Hollywood Reporter article where Anthony Bourdain calls Amanpour a “badass”A profile of Anthony Bourdain in The New Yorker Bourdain’s show, Parts Unknown  Do you have a question for Preet? Tweet it to @PreetBharara with the hashtag #askpreet, email staytuned@cafe.com, or call 669-247-7338 and leave a voicemail.
February 19, 2019
In this clip from the CAFE Insider podcast, Preet and his co-host Anne Milgram discuss the revelations in former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe’s interview on “60 Minutes.” To listen to the full episode, become a member of CAFE Insider at CAFE.com/insider. References and supplemental materials:Preet’s tweet about pleaded v. pled; and see Mueller’s sentencing submission for Manafort, where prosecutors write “pled,” NOT pleaded.  Andrew McCabe’s 60 Minutes interview, plus the transcript from 2/17/19DOJ response to McCabe’s 60 Minutes interviewAndrew McCabe’s book, The Treat: How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and TrumpAn article in the NYT reporting Comey’s firing in 2017An article in the NYT first reporting that Rod Rosenstein considered secretly recording TrumpA report from NPR on Rosenstein denial that he discussed recording TrumpRosenstein’s appointment of Bob Mueller as Special CounselRosenstein’s 2017 memo that Trump used to justify firing ComeyAn article from the NYT on Rosenstein’s reaction to being “used” by the White House to justify Comey’s firing Trump’s 2017 interview with Lester HoltAn article from the NYT on Manafort’s departure from the Trump campaignMichael Horowitz’s inspector general report.
February 14, 2019
The interview was taped on 2/5/19. Adam McKay is an Oscar award-winning director and screenwriter. He was a writer for Saturday Night Live and one of the earliest members of Upright Citizens Brigade, a renown improvisational and sketch comedy group. McKay’s films include The Big Short, Anchorman I and II, and Stepbrothers. His most recent film is Vice, a biopic of Dick Cheney. Preet and McKay discuss:McKay’s extensive research into Dick and Liz Cheney’s psychology and presentationThe lasting effect of the Bush presidency on American politics and policyHow Cheney carved out an unprecedented role for the Vice President, using his subordinate status to command controlMcKay’s background in comedy, and how it influences his craft From the Q&A portion of the episode:Jeff Bezos’ post in Medium, “No thank you, Mr. Pecker.”The non-prosecution agreement between American Media, Inc. (AMI) and SDNY.An article in The Daily Beast reporting that Michael Sanchez, the brother of Bezos’ mistress, is the leaker.A report from NBC News on Senator Burr’s comments concerning the possibility of collusion between Trump campaign and Russia, plus Senator Warner’s dispute.An article in NYT on El Chapo’s trial and verdict. Presiding Judge Cogan’s response to the El Chapo jury verdict. From the interview:McKay’s movies: Vice (2018), Anchorman (2004), Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006), Bad Blood (upcoming)Michael Bay’s movie, Pearl Harbor (2001)Alfonso Cuarón’s, Roma (2018)Fox’s Tucker Carlson 2018 segment on “Sex-Crazed” PandasJane Mayer’s book, The Dark Side: The Insider Story of How the War on Terror Turned into a War on American IdealsBarton Gellman’s book, Angler: The Cheney Vice PresidentMichael Isikoff and David Corn’s book, Hubris: The Insider Story of Spin, Scandal, and the Selling of the Iraq WarRon Suskind’s three books on the Bush yearsGarrett Epps' analysis in the Atlantic on the Unitary Executive Theory originChristian Bale’s 2019 Golden Globes speech where he thanked SatanAn article in NBC News on Cheney embracing his Darth Vader nicknameAn article in The Atlantic on the relationship between Presidents and think tanksStay Tuned with Preet interviews: Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and journalist John CarreyrouFRD’s 1936 speech announcing the Second New Deal, where he famously said, “I welcome their hatred.” Read his full remarks here.George W. Bush dancing on Ellen (watch the opening)Documentary, The Act of Killing (2012)An article in The Atlantic recounting George H.W. Bush’s and Ford’s respective criticisms of Cheney and RumsfeldAn article in The Hill reporting that Cheney still has not apologized to the man he shot (though the survivor has apologized to Cheney)An article in NYT recounting Cheney’s proposal to bomb Syria in 2007An article in Time on President Bush’s decision to not pardon Scooter LibbyShakespeare’s King LearA retrospective on the history of the Upright Citizens BrigadeAn article in NYT on Director Mike Leigh’s unconventional method of screenwritingAn article in NYT on the different phrasing used by political parties, i.e. “estate tax” vs. “death tax”  Do you have a question for Preet? Tweet it to @PreetBharara with the hashtag #askpreet, email staytuned@cafe.com, or call 669-247-7338 and leave a voicemail.
February 11, 2019
In this clip from the latest episode of the CAFE Insider podcast, Preet and his co-host Anne Milgram discuss whether American Media, Inc.’s threat to publish Jeff Bezos’ intimate texts and photos constitutes as extortion. To listen to the full episode, become a member of CAFE Insider at CAFE.com/insider  Supplemental materials and references made in the episode:Jeff Bezos’ post in Medium, “No thank you, Mr. Pecker”Bezos’ hired investigator, Gavin De Becker, comments on AMI’s possible “political motive” to leak.  The extortion statute, 18 U.S.C. 875(d)The September 2018 non-prosecution agreement between American Media, Inc. (AMI) and SDNY.An interview on ABC’s “This Week” with Elkan Abramowitz, the attorney representing AMI CEO David Pecker. Transcript here.Jeffrey Toobin’s analysis in the New Yorker of Gawker’s collapse and its implications for the First Amendment.The Daily Beast article reporting that Michael Sanchez, the brother of Bezos’ mistress, Lauren Sanchez, gave the couple’s intimate texts to the National Enquirer.  Preet and Anne also discuss Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker’s testimony before the House Judiciary Committee, the House Intelligence Committee’s new expansive investigation into Russia and Trump’s financial dealings, and a clue about “the Heart” of Mueller’s investigation revealed in Paul Manafort’s latest hearing.  To listen to the full episode, become a member of CAFE Insider at CAFE.com/insider
February 7, 2019
HARRY REID SHOW NOTES Interview taped on 2/1/19. Harry Reid is the former Democratic Senate Majority Leader. His decades long career in public service includes two terms as a Congressman for Nevada, city attorney for Henderson, Nevada’s Lieutenant Governor, and a stint as the chairman of the Nevada Gaming Commission.  In a wide ranging conversation, Sen. Reid reflects on his upbringing, career milestones, the five presidents he has served, his former colleagues, and this political moment in history. He also looks forward to 2020, offering guidance to presidential candidates.  Various references made in the episode:Reid’s book, The Good Fight: Hard Lessons from Searchlight to WashingtonThe nail-biting 2006 night when the Democrats took the SenateFormer Senator Daniel Inouye’s funeralReid’s description of Trump as amoral and the spike in dictionary searches for ‘amoral’Intelligence chiefs' testimony before the Senate on 2/6/19 Bill Moyer’s program comparing President Carter to President ReaganSpeaker Pelosi and Senator Schumer’s scrutinized visit to the Oval Office Former Senator Arlen Specter switches parties Former Senator Jim Jeffords’ switches partiesThe dedication of the Mike O’Callaghan – Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge In the Q&A portion of the episode, Preet answers your questions about the subpoena issued to Trump’s Inaugural Committee, why some judges retire early, and why a defendant may waive his or her right to a speedy trial. NYT article, Trump Inaugural Committee Ordered to Hand Over Documents to Federal InvestigatorsA NYT article referring to Cohen’s meetings with SDNY prosecutorsThe Special Counsel’s motion in the Roger Stone case asking the court to exclude time from the speedy trial clock.Former Senator Ted Stevens request for a speedy trialA Bloomberg report that prosecutors have “several terabytes” of Stone’s information to sort though Do you have a question for Preet? Tweet it to @PreetBharara with the hashtag #askpreet, email staytuned@cafe.com, or call 669-247-7338 and leave a voicemail
January 31, 2019
Interview taped on 1/29/19.   David Frum is a senior editor at the Atlantic, and author of nine books, most recentlyTrumpocracy: The Corruption of the American Republic. He served as a speechwriter and special assistant to the George W. Bush, and served as a senior adviser to Rudy Giuliani’s presidential campaign. On this episode of Stay Tuned, Preet and David cover a wide range of topics, including:“Made for social media” moments and Frum’s rules for engagement on TwitterThe stability of America’s institutionsTrump’s handling of the shutdown and what it revealed about the president’s strengths and weaknessesWhat should be up for debate in modern societyThe challenges facing 2020 candidates Supplement for various references made in the episode:Frum’s twitter accountFrum’s websiteFrum’s article, Howard Schultz May Save the Democratic Party From ItselfFrum’s article, How to Build an AutocracyFrum’s article, WaterlooFrum’s book, Trumpocracy: The Corruption of the American RepublicFrum’s debate with Steve Bannon, The Rise of Populism, at Munk DebatesDaniel Boorstin's book, The Image: A Guide to Pseudo-Events in AmericaIan Bremmer’s interview on Stay TunedRep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s social media boot camp for the Democratic Caucus – read about it here.The viral video of Rep. Ocasio-Cortez dancing in college and her response as a CongressmanChief Justice John Roberts’ rebuke of Trump’s attacks on the judiciaryA Newsweek article on the ABA ratings of Trump’s judicial nomineesThe demographics of Trump judicial nomineesMitt Romney’s 47% remarkHillary Clinton’s “deplorables” remarkThe Post-ABC Tracking poll that found voters believed Trump to be more honest than ClintonPrime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King’s quintessential political statement, “conscription if necessary…not necessarily conscription”The 1992 Presidential Debate between George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Ross Perot (the specific moment Frum references starts at 50:10)The Black voter turn-out in the 2008 and 2012 elections Do you have a question for Preet? Tweet it to @PreetBharara with the hashtag #askpreet, emailstaytuned@cafe.com, or call 669-247-7338 and leave a voicemail.
January 28, 2019
“Indicting Roger Stone” January 28, 2019 In this clip of the CAFE Insider podcast, Preet and his co-host Anne Milgram discuss Roger Stone's arrest last week and the charges he faces from the Special Counsel's Office. References made in the episode:Roger Stone’s indictment, filed by Special Counsel’s Office on 1/24/1918 U.S. Code § 1001Roger Stone’s Nixon tattooThe 2016 Wikileaks hack of DNC and Clinton campaign emails To listen to the full episode, become a member of CAFE Insider at CAFE.com/insider.
January 24, 2019
Guests:  Kevin Kruse is a Professor of History at Princeton University.  Julian Zelizer is a Professor of History and Public Affairs at Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.  *Interview taped on 1/21/19.   On this episode of Stay Tuned, Kevin and Julian discuss:Their new book Fault Lines: A History of the United States Since 1974 that traces the history of today’s economic, political and social divisions The legacy of civil rights movements and Martin Luther King, Jr. The role of Twitter historians and their obligation to speak up and correct misinformation  References made in the episode:Historian Michael Beschloss’ interview on Stay Tuned Kruse and Zelizer’s Washington Post op-ed on The Fairness Doctrine The short-lived Air America liberal radio broadcast  A 2000 poll asking people if they were in the top 1%; read David Brooks analysis of the results Zelizer’s op-ed on Pence’s invocation of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s words Martin Luther King, Jr.’s I Have A Dream speech Kevin Kruse’s twitter account Kevin’s debut Twitter thread on Southern Democrats Enes Kanter’s Stay Tuned video  Do you have a question for Preet? Tweet it to @PreetBharara with the hashtag #askpreet, email staytuned@cafe.com, or call 669-247-7338 and leave a voicemail.
January 21, 2019
“THE SPECIAL COUNSEL SPEAKS” January 21, 2019   In this clip of the CAFE Insider podcast, Preet and his co-host Anne Milgram discuss the Buzzfeed report on Trump and Cohen and the Special Counsel’s rare statement. References made in the episode: -    The Buzzfeed report on Trump and Cohen -    The Special Counsel’s statement responding to the report  To listen to the full episode, become a member of CAFE Insider at CAFE.com/insider.
January 17, 2019
Guest: David Cohen is the former Deputy Director of the CIA and former Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence in the U.S. Department of the Treasury. He’s currently a partner at WilmerHale. *Interview taped on 1/14/19.    On this episode of Stay Tuned, Preet and David discuss: -        The latest reporting from the New York Times and the Washington Post on Trump and Russia -        The key components of a successful sanctions program and the Trump administration’s approach to Russia and North Korea -        The persisting threat of jihadist ideology -        America’s influence in the world   References made in the episode: -        David Frum’s article about issuing a subpoena to the president’s interpreter -        Vanita Gupta’s article, “Bill Barr Must Not Be Sessions 2.0 on Civil Rights” -        The Washington Post report on Trump’s private conversations with Putin -        The New York Times reporting the FBI started a counterintelligence inquiry into Trump -        Preet’s tweet on Trump and NATO -        Report that the Trump Administration decided to lift sanctions imposed on the Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska’s companies -        The SDNY’s Reza Zarrab case -        The 2018 Chicago Council on Global Affairs report, “America Engaged” -        The joint statement issued by President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un after June’s 2018 Summit in Singapore -        Trump’s declaration of love to Kim Jong Un -        John Brennan’s twitter feed -        The Wall Street Journal story on Turkey seeking the extradition of basketball player Enes Kanter   Do you have a question for Preet? Tweet it to @PreetBharara with the hashtag #askpreet, email staytuned@cafe.com, or call 669-247-7338 and leave a voicemail.
January 14, 2019
In a clip from this week's episode of the CAFE Insider podcast, Preet and his co-host Anne Milgram discuss the New York Times bombshell story on Trump and Russia, and the FBI’s counterintelligence inquiry into whether Trump is a Russian asset.  To listen to the full episode, become a member of CAFE Insider at CAFE.com/insider. Preet and Anne address: ·       The Washington Post story on Trump concealing his conversations with Putin ·       Bill Barr’s confirmation hearings for Attorney General. ·       Whether the president can assert executive privilege to block portions of Mueller’s report. ·      Michael Cohen’s coming testimony before the House Committee on Oversight
January 10, 2019
Ian Bremmer is the president and founder of Eurasia Group, a political risk analysis and consulting firm. He’s a foreign affairs columnist and editor-at-large at Time, and a global research professor at NYU. He’s written nine books, most recently Us vs. Them: The Failure of Globalism. Bremmer speaks with Preet about Eurasia's annual report anticipating the top risks facing the globe in 2019. Plus, Preet’s thoughts on Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s plan to resign and the redaction fail in Manafort's defense memo. Mentioned on this episode of Stay Tuned: -       Eurasia Group Top Risks 2019 report -       The United States and Mexico assistance program to reduce migration from Central America -       Former Stay Tuned guest Hasan Minhaj’s Patriot Act banned from Saudi Arabia -       Trump’s decision to withdraw troops from Syria -       National Security Adviser John Bolton’s alternative Syria plan -       The future of The Trans-Pacific Partnership -       Defining globalism And to visit the CAFE shop, head to shop.cafe.com    This interview was taped on 1/8/19. Do you have a question for Preet? Tweet it to @PreetBharara with the hashtag #askpreet, email staytuned@cafe.com, or call 669-247-7338 and leave a voicemail.
January 3, 2019
John Carlin is a cybersecurity expert and chairs the Global Risk and Crisis Management practice group at Morrison Foerster. He previously served as the Assistant Attorney General for the National Security Division at the Department of Justice and as Chief of Staff to Robert Mueller at the FBI. He is the author of Dawn of the Code War: America’s Battle Against Russia, China, and the Rising Global Cyber Threat. Carlin speaks with Preet about his book, the U.S. response to cybercrime, China’s theft of intellectual property, and how America was unprepared for the attack on its values. Plus, Preet’s thoughts on House Democratic committee investigations and the possibility of amending the U.S. Constitution. Mentioned on this episode of Stay Tuned: - The Midroll survey - John Carlin’s book: Dawn of the Code War - The 2014 DOJ indictment of the People’s Liberation Army - The 2014 North Korea Sony Pictures hack and DOJ charges - The 2014 Iranian hack on Sands Las Vegas Corporation - The 2014 Yahoo data breach - The 1998 Lockerbie bombing - Preet’s 2012 NYT op-ed on cybercrime, Asleep at the Laptop This interview was taped on 12/4/18. Do you have a question for Preet? Tweet it to @PreetBharara with the hashtag #askpreet, email staytuned@cafe.com, or call 669-247-7338 and leave a voicemail.
December 27, 2018
Adam Grant is an organizational psychologist and a professor at Wharton Business School. He’s a New York Times bestselling author three times over, and is the co-author of Option B with Sheryl Sandberg.  In one of our favorite episodes of the year, from April 2018, Preet speaks with Adam about how to speak truth to power, what makes a good leader, and what advice he has for people in the West Wing. Do you have a question for Preet? Tweet them to @PreetBharara with the hashtag #askpreet, email staytuned@cafe.com, or call 669-247-7338 and leave a voicemail.
December 20, 2018
Kara Swisher is a technology journalist and co-founder and editor-at-large of Recode. She also hosts the Recode Decode podcast. She has been called “Silicon Valley’s most feared and well-liked journalist.”  She speaks with Preet about Facebook and the many issues that have landed the company on the front pages. The conversation also ticks through the overall tech landscape, including Twitter, Google, and Amazon.   Plus, Preet's thoughts on Michael Flynn's delayed sentencing and the case of the alleged Russian spy, Maria Butina. Do you have a question for Preet? Tweet them to @PreetBharara with the hashtag #askpreet, email staytuned@cafe.com, or call 669-247-7338 and leave a voicemail.
December 13, 2018
Michael Lewis is the author of fifteen books, including Moneyball and The Big Short. His new book, The Fifth Risk, takes on the Trump administration. He speaks with Preet about the dedication of the civil service, Trump’s attack on trust, and the dangers of willful ignorance.  Plus, Preet’s take on Cohen’s three-year prison sentence.  Do you have a question for Preet? Tweet them to @PreetBharara with the hashtag #askpreet, email staytuned@cafe.com, or call 669-247-7338 and leave a voicemail.
December 6, 2018
Comedian Kumail Nanjiani is the Oscar-nominated screenwriter of "The Big Sick," and stars in "Silicon Valley". He speaks with Preet about immigrating from Pakistan, getting political on Twitter, and who he’d play in a movie about the Trump administration. Plus, Preet’s take on jail time for Michael Flynn.   Do you have a question for Preet? Tweet them to @PreetBharara with the hashtag #askpreet, email staytuned@cafe.com, or call 669-247-7338 and leave a voicemail.
December 1, 2018
Preet and Anne Milgram make sense of Michael Cohen’s latest guilty plea, this time in the Mueller investigation. This episode was available to CAFE Insiders on Thursday. Become a member at cafe.com/insider.
November 29, 2018
Preet talks with Bob Bauer, who served as White House Counsel to President Obama, about the universe of lawyers surrounding President Trump.
November 26, 2018
In a clip from this week's episode of the CAFE Insider Podcast, Preet and his co-host Anne Milgram dissect Chief Justice Roberts’s message to President Trump. To listen to the whole episode, become a member at cafe.com/insider.
November 21, 2018
Chuck Todd is the host of Meet the Press and political director for NBC News. He spoke with Preet in front of a packed house in D.C. about the blue tornado of the midterms, being insulted by the President on twitter, and who should run in 2020. Plus, Preet's take on the criminal justice reform bill in Congress. (And a little parenting advice.) Do you have a question for Preet? Tweet them to @PreetBharara with the hashtag #askpreet, email staytuned@cafe.com, or call 669-247-7338 and leave a voicemail.
November 20, 2018
Preet and his CAFE Insider co-host Anne Milgram, former Attorney General of New Jersey, discuss President Trump's impending written deposition and whether the administration will come to regret appointing Matt Whitaker. Part 1 of 2. Go to cafe.com/insider for Part 2.
November 15, 2018
Michael Beschloss is a historian and the author of the new book, Presidents of War. He speaks with Preet about what the past can teach us about the Trump presidency, why history should matter to our leaders, and his wonderful, shade-filled twitter feed. Plus, Preet’s take on the legality of Whitaker as acting attorney general. Do you have a question for Preet? Tweet them to @PreetBharara with the hashtag #askpreet, email staytuned@cafe.com, or call 669-247-7338 and leave a voicemail.
November 8, 2018
David Axelrod, the chief strategist for both of Barack Obama's presidential campaigns, is the director of the University of Chicago's non-partisan Institute of Politics and the host of The Axe Files podcast. He talks to Preet about Tuesday's midterms, what taking the House will mean for the Democrats and for President Trump, and what we can learn from the campaign of Beto O'Rourke. Plus, Preet reacts to the forced resignation of Jeff Sessions. Do you have a question for Preet? Tweet them to @PreetBharara with the hashtag #askpreet, email staytuned@cafe.com, or call 669-247-7338 and leave a voicemail.
November 1, 2018
Jeffrey Toobin, a former prosecutor, is the chief legal analyst at CNN and a staff writer at the New Yorker. In front of a packed house at the Town Hall in New York, he speaks with Preet about Trump and the rule of law, Kavanaugh and the court, and why the Mueller investigation never leaks. Plus, Preet explains why an executive order can’t eliminate birthright citizenship. Do you have a question for Preet? Tweet them to @PreetBharara with the hashtag #askpreet, email staytuned@cafe.com, or call 669-247-7338 and leave a voicemail.
October 25, 2018
Samantha Bee is the host of Full Frontal, the weekly comedy show on TBS, and was a long-time correspondent on The Daily Show. She speaks with Preet about #MeToo, women’s anger, and finding humor in very dark news. Plus, that time she got in trouble for saying the word feckless. And, Preet breaks down the latest on Jamal Khashoggi. Do you have a question for Preet? Tweet them to @PreetBharara with the hashtag #askpreet, email staytuned@cafe.com, or call 669-247-7338 and leave a voicemail.
October 18, 2018
Fareed Zakaria is the host of Fareed Zakaria GPS on CNN, and a foreign affairs columnist for the Washington Post. He speaks with Preet about the apparent murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who he has known for more than a decade. And, as Nikki Haley leaves the UN, they consider American isolationism and the Trump doctrine.  Plus, what might happen if the Dems take the House.  Do you have a question for Preet? Tweet them to @PreetBharara with the hashtag #askpreet, email staytuned@cafe.com, or call 669-247-7338 and leave a voicemail.
October 11, 2018
Max Boot was a senior policy advisor for three Republican presidential campaigns. He’s now a columnist at the Washington Post, and the author of The Corrosion of Conservatism: Why I Left the Right. He speaks with Preet about the future of our two-party system, how to make centrism cool, and the dangers of retweeting.   Plus, Preet debunks the latest conspiracy theory - about him. Do you have a question for Preet? Tweet them to @PreetBharara with the hashtag #askpreet, email staytuned@cafe.com, or call 669-247-7338 and leave a voicemail.
October 4, 2018
Jane Mayer, Chief Washington Correspondent for the New Yorker, broke the story of Deborah Ramirez and her allegations against Brett Kavanaugh. She talks to Preet about the leads she’s still chasing, where the FBI should be looking, and how the Senate would vote if half its members were women.   Plus, Preet’s take on the Trump tax investigation. Do you have a question for Preet? Tweet them to @PreetBharara with the hashtag #askpreet, email staytuned@cafe.com, or call 669-247-7338 and leave a voicemail.
September 28, 2018
Friday morning, Preet sat down with Anne Milgram, former Attorney General of New Jersey, to discuss Thursday's extraordinary testimony by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh. This episode was recorded before Senator Jeff Flake announced he would only support Judge Kavanaugh's confirmation following an FBI investigation of Dr. Ford's claims.
September 27, 2018
Nicolle Wallace is the host of "Deadline: White House" on MSNBC, and advised George W. Bush and John McCain. She talks with Preet about the chaos of the Kavanaugh nomination, what it means for the midterms, and compares Donald Trump and Sarah Palin. Plus, Preet assesses Rod Rosenstein's job security.  Do you have a question for Preet? Tweet them to @PreetBharara with the hashtag #askpreet, email staytuned@cafe.com, or call 669-247-7338 and leave a voicemail.
September 20, 2018
Sally Jenkins writes about sports for the Washington Post. She talks with Preet about Serena Williams’s controversial U.S. Open final, the surprising history of the NFL, and the value of fairness on and off the field. Plus, Preet’s take on Brett Kavanaugh’s future. Do you have a question for Preet? Tweet them to @PreetBharara with the hashtag #askpreet, email staytuned@cafe.com, or call 669-247-7338 and leave a voicemail.
September 13, 2018
Ron Klain has worked on the confirmation or selection of eight Supreme Court Justices. He was chief of staff to Al Gore, Joe Biden, and Janet Reno, and Chief Counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee. He talks to Preet about the Kavanaugh hearings, the missing documents, and what happens next.  Plus, Preet explains the 25th Amendment.  Do you have a question for Preet? Tweet them to @PreetBharara with the hashtag #askpreet, email staytuned@cafe.com, or call 669-247-7338 and leave a voicemail.
September 6, 2018
Jonathan Swan covers the White House for Axios. He talks with Preet about the latest leaks from the West Wing, how he separates facts from spin, and which of his high-powered sources uses Comic Sans.  Plus, Preet dissects the implications of the President's latest attack on Attorney General Jeff Sessions.  Do you have a question for Preet? Tweet them to @PreetBharara with the hashtag #askpreet, email staytuned@cafe.com, or call 669-247-7338 and leave a voicemail.
August 30, 2018
Cyrus Habib is the Lieutenant Governor of Washington State. He lost his eyesight to cancer at age 8, went on to Yale, and became the first Iranian-American to hold statewide office. He talks with Preet about his remarkable life, the midterms, and governing in a deeply divided America.  Plus, Preet’s wish list for constitutional amendments.
August 22, 2018
Joyce Vance was the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama during the Obama Administration. She joins Preet to talk through the guilty plea of Donald Trump's former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, and the conviction of his former campaign chair, Paul Manafort. Do you have a question for Preet? Tweet them to @PreetBharara with the hashtag #askpreet, email staytuned@cafe.com, or call 669-247-7338 and leave a voicemail.
August 16, 2018
John Carreyrou is the author of Bad Blood, a book about the rise and fall of healthcare startup Theranos. For year, Theranos and its founder, Elizabeth Holmes, conned investors and customers with the promise of a new blood testing technology. Carreyrou's reporting helped expose fraud at the company. John talks to Preet about how people like General James Mattis got pulled into the Theranos orbit, and his own reporting drama around the story.  Also this week, Preet answers your questions about the secret Omarosa tapes and the dramatic Paul Manfort trial.  Do you have a question for Preet? Tweet them to @PreetBharara with the hashtag #askpreet, email staytuned@cafe.com, or call 669-247-7338 and leave a voicemail.
August 9, 2018
Steve Schmidt was a top Republican strategist - until he left the party this June. He joins Preet to talk about Trump's appeal, the silence of Congressional Republicans, and what's next for principled conservatives.  Plus, Preet's thoughts on the fireworks at the Paul Manafort trial.  Do you have a question for Preet? Tweet them to @PreetBharara with the hashtag #askpreet, email staytuned@cafe.com, or call 669-247-7338 and leave a voicemail.
August 6, 2018
In this special bonus episode, Preet and Katie Couric interview each other. Katie gets Preet's thoughts on Comey, Cuomo, and 2020. Then Preet asks Katie about the future of CBS president Les Moonves and her experience broadcasting live on September 11, 2001.  Preet is back Thursday with a regular episode of Stay Tuned, and your questions.
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