House Democrats announced two articles of impeachment for President Trump this week: abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. What’s in the articles? Should Democrats have added more charges? And what happens next? Given the outlook in the Senate, Ken says this “lean and mean” approach is the right one.
Ken and Josh also discuss the Inspector General report on the origins of the FBI’s investigation into the 2016 Trump campaign, upcoming sentences for Rich Gates and Michael Flynn, whether Carter Page is owed an apology, John Durham, Rudy Giuliani’s jaunt to Ukraine, Bill Barr, and Michael Avenatti too.
Judiciary, take the wheel
Adam Schiff and the Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee lay out their case for the impeachment of President Trump. How strong is the case? And should they have taken more time to gather more information? Republicans also submitted a report, which Ken says is more like creative writing than a report. As Ken and Josh taped this episode, the House Judiciary Committee began its first hearing. When can we expect articles of impeachment and what will be in them? Also, what the hell has Rudy Giuliani been up to?
Ken and Josh discuss that, plus Duncan Hunter, Lev Parnas, and David Wohl.
The king of frivolous lawsuits
President Trump is a litigious person, but when it comes to winning defamation and libel lawsuits, his record is pretty terrible. He’s 0-8 in fact. Ken White and Josh Barro talk about the president’s First Amendment record with Susan Seager of USC’s Gould School of Law, and take questions from a live audience of lawyers, law students and alumni.
Bonus: All The President’s Lawyers at USC
Josh and Ken discuss the impeachment testimony of Gordon Sondland, Laura Cooper and David Hale and other timely topics in this special episode of All The President’s Lawyers, recorded in front of an audience at USC Gould School of Law. More of their conversation with Gould law professor and First Amendment lawyer Susan Seager will be released next week.
Who should be afraid right now?
Seven witnesses have appeared for public testimony in the impeachment inquiry, and more are testifying today. There are all witnesses who have previously testified in closer session. What have we learned that’s new and important? (EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland was beginning his testimony as Josh and Ken recorded this episode — check back Thursday for a bonus episode.)
At this point, should any of these people be worried about criminal liability, either now or in the event that a new administration comes in with a new attorney general in 2021?
Plus: President Trump’s mean tweets about former Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch as she was testifying — is that witness tampering? Roger Stone was convicted on all counts. What’s next for him? And what do you do with a problem like Lev Parnas?