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Veteran prosecutors Andrew Weissmann and Mary McCord discuss and dissect the cases against former President Donald Trump, including the historic indictments from the Manhattan D.A., Special Counsel Jack Smith and Fulton County D.A. Fani Willis.
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The twelve-person jury has been seated in the New York criminal case against Donald Trump. MSNBC legal analysts Andrew Weissmann and Mary McCord detail the latest alleged gag order violations and give insights into the jury selection process. Then, they analyze District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s own words, through his Statement of Facts submitted in the State of New York against Donald J Trump, with excerpts read by acclaimed actors Glenn Close and Robert De Niro.
In a Manhattan Courtroom

In a Manhattan Courtroom

2024-04-1648:062

On Monday, jury selection began in what is the first and potentially only criminal trial former President Trump may face before the November election. Veteran prosecutors Andrew Weissmann and Mary McCord detail the jury selection process and what to track about the motions being filed, including one to hold Trump in contempt for violating a gag order. And they look at arguments before the Supreme Court in the Fischer case, in which a January 6th rioter is challenging a lower court ruling that he obstructed an official proceeding.A very special thanks to renowned actor Robert DeNiro for reading an excerpt from the New York criminal indictment. You’ll hear his voice throughout the trial as relevant portions of these documents arise.Also, a reminder that Prosecuting Donald Trump and Into America have been nominated for Webby Awards! And MSNBC needs your help to win. Voting is open until April 18th. Check out vote.webbyawards.com to vote for both shows.
After the first day of jury selection in the New York criminal case before Judge Juan Merchan, Ari Melber leads special coverage on what’s at stake and what to expect in the coming weeks. This is the first-ever criminal trial of a former president, and to break down the historic significance, Ari is joined by Rachel Maddow, Andrew Weissmann, and other special guests. Listen to the full coverage here.
As a bonus for listeners, we’re sharing the first episode of a special series from “Why Is This Happening? The Chris Hayes Podcast,” called “WITHpod 2024: The Stakes.” For the first time since 1892, we have an election in which both candidates have presidential records. It’s a unique chance to take a hard look at what both Joe Biden and Donald Trump have actually done as president. Chris Hayes talks to experts about both candidates’ records on specific policy areas. This week, Aaron Reichlin-Melnick, policy director at the American Immigration Council, joins to unpack immigration policies under Trump vs. Biden, the state of the asylum system, and more. Follow and listen to the whole series: https://link.chtbl.com/withpod_tsfd
History in the Making

History in the Making

2024-04-0953:497

Donald Trump is on the precipice of his New York criminal trial, a historical first for a former president. Veteran prosecutors Andrew Weissmann and Mary McCord give a primer on the who, what, when, where and why of Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s case, as both sides prep for jury selection. Then they head to Florida, where tensions are elevated between Special Counsel Jack Smith and Judge Aileen Cannon over jury instructions and Judge Cannon’s handling of that case. For further reading, as Andrew and Mary mentioned in this episode, here are United States District Judge Royce Lamberth’s Notes for Sentencing for a defendant named Taylor James Johnatakis. Johnatakis was sentenced to 87 months for his role in the January 6th attack on the Capitol.Also, a reminder that Prosecuting Donald Trump and Into America have been nominated for Webby Awards! And MSNBC needs your help to win. Check out vote.webbyawards.com to vote for both shows.
With the New York trial looming, veteran prosecutors Andrew Weissmann and Mary McCord set the table for what to expect: anticipating more delay tactics from Trump’s legal team, and the importance of Judge Merchan’s gag order reinforcement and clarification. They also look at several bar hearings held to decide whether John Eastman and Jeffrey Clark, among others, should lose their law licenses after their efforts to subvert the 2020 election results. For further reading, here is the Just Security article Andrew referenced in this episode: Trump’s Promise to Free Jan. 6 Inmates in DC Jail — Almost All of Them Assaulted Law Enforcement Officers.Also, some exciting news! Prosecuting Donald Trump and Into America have been nominated for Webby Awards! And MSNBC needs your help to win. Check out vote.webbyawards.com to vote for both shows.
Former President Trump was back in a New York courtroom on Monday, as Judge Merchan set a mid-April trial date for the hush money case against him brought by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg. Veteran prosecutors Andrew Weissmann and Mary McCord set expectations as the countdown to jury selection begins. Then, they turn to the appeals court decision, where Trump’s bond payment was reduced to $175 million in the New York civil fraud case. Lastly, Andrew and Mary survey what to keep an eye on at the Supreme Court when it comes to his appeal on presidential immunity.
Veteran federal prosecutor Andrew Weissmann welcomes back his colleague and co-author Melissa Murray for the second in this special two-part series of Prosecuting Donald Trump. Their book: The Trump Indictments: The Historic Charging Documents with Commentary, collects the four unprecedented indictments against Donald Trump and features extensive commentary from the co-authors.Andrew and Melissa share some takeaways from the Florida classified documents case brought by Special Counsel Jack Smith and the Georgia election interference case brought by Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis. Both are criminal indictments facing the former president.This episode also features excerpts from these two indictments, read by renowned actors Peter Coyote and Renée Elise Goldsberry.
Veteran federal prosecutor Andrew Weissmann welcomes his colleague and co-author Melissa Murray for a special two-part episode of Prosecuting Donald Trump. Their new book: The Trump Indictments: The Historic Charging Documents with Commentary, collects the four unprecedented indictments against Donald Trump and features extensive footnotes, commentary and a cast of characters from the co-authors.In this first episode, Andrew and Melissa listen to audio of the indictments as recorded by acclaimed actors Glenn Close and Liam Neeson. Andrew and Melissa share insights from two of the four criminal indictments facing the former president: the DC election interference case brought by Special Counsel Jack Smith, and the New York case against Donald Trump, brought by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg. 
Delays persist in several of the cases against former president Trump, including in the New York case that was set to begin next week. MSNBC legal analysts Andrew Weissmann and Mary McCord detail what led to the delay in receiving documents from the U.S. Attorney in Manhattan. They also review Judge Cannon’s decision on Trump’s motion to dismiss the Florida documents case based on ‘vagueness’ in the Espionage Act. Then, Andrew and Mary turn to the Georgia ruling that led to the resignation of lead prosecutor Nathan Wade. Plus, Monday's news that the former president can’t find an insurance company to underwrite his $464 Million bond for the judgement in his NY civil fraud case.
Tonight on MSNBC’s one hour special on “The Trump Indictments:” MSNBC Legal Analysts Andrew Weissmann and Melissa Murray cover the latest developments in Donald Trump's criminal cases and reflect on whether the American justice system has so far proven it can meet the challenge of Donald Trump’s attempts to destroy democracy. Also, Rep. Jaime Raskin explains the anti-democratic tactics Trump and Republicans are using to influence the 2024 election. Plus, MSNBC’s Chris Hayes weighs in on the media's role in the event that the voters get to render a verdict on Donald Trump before a jury does. Also joining the conversation: Melissa Redmon, Amy Lee Copeland, Leah Litman and Kate Shaw.
In a last-ditch effort to delay, delay, delay- Donald Trump’s legal team submitted a motion on Monday to pause the New York trial on election interference (a.k.a. the ‘hush money’ case) until the Supreme Court decides on immunity. MSNBC legal analysts Andrew Weissmann and Mary McCord break that down, and how it differs from the motion to dismiss the Florida classified documents case. Then, they highlight the $91 million bond posted by the former president in the E. Jean Carroll case, as he appeals that decision. And a look behind the curtain as Special Counsel Robert Hur testifies before the House Judiciary Committee about his report on Biden’s handling of classified documents. Lastly, on the radar: an Arizona grand jury issues subpoenas in that states’ fake elector scheme.  
After the settlement in Wisconsin over the fraudulent electors scheme, veteran prosecutors Andrew Weissmann and Mary McCord analyze the importance of what came to light as a result of the litigation against James Troupis, Kenneth Chesebro and 10 ‘alternate’ electors. Mary was part of the team arguing the case and gives expansive context to the ongoing efforts to overturn the 2020 election. They then turn to the Supreme Court’s decision on the Colorado ballot issue, and why, despite a unanimous vote, there may be dissension in the ranks. And they wrap up with a look at the timing of the Florida documents case and Trump’s former CFO Allen Weisselberg’s guilty plea on federal perjury charges.
Justice Delayed

Justice Delayed

2024-02-2932:021

The Supreme Court of the United States announced Wednesday that they'll take up former President Donald Trump’s claims for immunity, throwing yet another delay into Trump’s DC trial. Veteran prosecutors Mary McCord and Andrew Weissmann explain the High Court’s order, what options the justices have, and what Special Counsel Jack Smith can do to get to trial before the election.
A Flurry of Motions

A Flurry of Motions

2024-02-2841:101

The nation continues to watch for a decision from the Supreme Court on both the Colorado ballot issue and Trump’s presidential immunity claim. In the meantime, MSNBC legal analysts Andrew Weissmann and Mary McCord detail the flurry of motions filed by Trump’s lawyers in the Florida classified documents case in an effort to have the case thrown out. This, as Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg filed his own motions, including asking for a partial gag to keep the former president from talking about witnesses, potential jurors and court staff. Plus: Andrew and Mary catch up on dual decisions from Judge Engoron and Judge Kaplan denying Trump a stay of judgement in his civil trials, meaning he’s got 30 days to pay, or the plaintiffs can start seizing assets.
Court watchers are closely monitoring two decisions from the Supreme Court: a ruling on Trump’s motion to stay the decision on immunity from the DC Circuit and whether the former president is disqualified from appearing on Colorado primary ballot. MSNBC legal analysts Andrew Weissmann and Mary McCord detail what to watch for there, and review Judge Engoron’s nearly $450 million decision in the civil fraud case. Plus: takeaways from the testimony of Fani Willis and Nathan Wade late last week. 
Judge Arthur Engoron has fined Donald Trump more than $350 million in damages in the former president's civil fraud case. Trump is also barred him from running businesses in New York for three years. Trump said on Friday that he would appeal the decision. Rachel Maddow and Lawrence O'Donnell join for a special episode of Alex Wagner Tonight to discuss the ruling. For more coverage, visit msnbc.com.
Last Call for Immunity

Last Call for Immunity

2024-02-1339:535

In a last-ditch effort for total immunity, former President Donald Trump asked the Supreme Court to pause proceedings in the DC election subversion case while the high court decides whether to take up his appeal. MSNBC legal analysts Andrew Weissmann and Mary McCord discuss the merits of Trump’s arguments and how the court may proceed. They also weigh in on the latest out of Judge Cannon’s Florida courtroom, as a flurry of activity is happening in the classified documents case.
A Momentous Day

A Momentous Day

2024-02-0945:134

Veteran prosecutors Andrew Weissmann and Mary McCord gather for an additional episode this week to share their insights and takeaways from Thursday’s oral arguments before the Supreme Court. At issue: whether former President Trump can be barred from Colorado’s Republican primary ballot due to the 14th Amendment’s insurrection clause. Then, a review of Special Counsel Robert Hur’s report on the classified documents found in President Biden’s possession, and why, despite no charges filed against him, the report may be damaging.
The Supreme Court heard arguments today in the unprecedented case that could threaten former President Donald Trump’s eligibility to appear on the primary ballot in Colorado. Listen to the full hearing here. 
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Comments (58)

Susan D'Alessandro

great episodes as always. I can't find where to vote

Apr 17th
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michael gilman

Sorry, I ran out of room. I never twittered or Xd. So, I don't have the discipline of using few characters. Anyway, I found the discussion of whether or not the jury pool would be tainted by certain information about Trump's situation being allowed to circulate pretrial. Who the heck that might be a juror has not heard it all by now, or as Andrew might say, could google it. Keep up the good work. Michael Gilman PA-C Falmouth, MA

Apr 11th
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michael gilman

Hello Andrew and Mary. Thank you for doing these podcasts to shed light. On what's going on in this critical time for our country. And also thank you for your appearances on various m. Sn BC political interview shows. The information is valuable and much appreciated. I would like to offer 2 teeny critiques. Mary used the word democrat as an adjective. That usage has the lineage to go straight back to McCarthy and right winners today, use it too. Democratic is correct. Who

Apr 11th
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Ron Cunningham

Andrew keeps saying withispectoo. What's a withispectoo?

Apr 3rd
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Steve Hanson

Judge Cannon seems to be too inexperienced to handle the Mar a Lago trial, but all her mistakes break Trump's way, sometimes in ways that suggest a mastery of federal trial process. Setting aside the ethical question of bias, what are the rules on a judge getting advice on law and strategy? Can a judge be disciplined if they corruptly solicit or accept such advice?

Mar 20th
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David Everitt

I have loved listening to these casts until this special. Andrews style here is not like previous and sounds false.

Mar 16th
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Joan kleinman-cohen

Mary and Andrew Why are we so helpless when it comes to ensuring Cannon is removed from this case. why isn't Smith moving this to the higher court and not the bought corrupt SC. It's hard to swallow and remain optimistic about the decency of Americans to do the right thing because our leaders have failed us.

Mar 13th
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AL Hi

Weissmann is brilliant. His analyses are spot on. 5 STARS!!

Feb 25th
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Ed Potter

What does it say about Merrick Garland's regard for Pres. Biden that he would release this to the public?

Feb 10th
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michael gilman

Biden is offended by Hur's report but have you noticed he does not deny he forgot or confused dates and events even as he continues to confuse names of foreign leaders. He says he thought it was out of bounds for Hur to ask about his son's death. Why did he not say so and decline to answer? This is just the beginning of the campaign it is going to get much worse. It is time for Biden, Dems, and journalists to lead by calling Trump a rapist and fraud and asking why Americans should accept that.

Feb 10th
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Joan Panzella

For me, this totally ties it together with the Zeitgeist of it all. It's Keith O's pro-democracy righteous rage rant on YouTube. He's plainly aware-and as usual, weaves his unique position in the media landscape with his equally unique, caring, snarky, curmudgeonly wordsmith eloquence on the current state of affairs. His rant, specifically went where most fear to tread, and IMHO, it's *always* in his attempts to defibrillate goodness and all that radiates from it. http://tinyurl.com/4tz5ee6b

Feb 9th
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Michael Butcher

Well. . . *insert meme - we're all dumber by what you've said here.

Feb 9th
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Feb 4th
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Trixie to You

I just threw up in my mouth a little bit

Feb 3rd
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Albert Johnson

Great show with insightful analysis, based years of expertise between the host.

Jan 29th
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Steve Coleman

PThe purpose of impeachment is to remove a sitting president so he can be prosicuted. If he is not a sitting president there is no need for that process. Prosicution should just proceed as normal.

Jan 21st
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Jan 18th
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Alex Oliveira

Does a single one of his lawyers do any serious business in front of a judge or are they all just playing for the soundbites? Talking about Clinton… Honest to God. There’s no serious attempt to win here.

Jan 9th
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ID20840267

I have a question ( maybe I’m missing an obvious answer): I’m the Colorado ballot appeal case, I thought states decided the rules and policies regarding their elections. So if Maine and Colorado have rejected Trump from their ballot, should it be decided by a federal court like the Supreme Court?!

Jan 4th
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Rosemarie Hengels

Enjoy your discussions and your dry sense of humor !

Dec 10th
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