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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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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. 
Citizen Trump

Citizen Trump

2024-02-0750:556

On Tuesday, the US Appeals Court for the DC Circuit unanimously ruled that former President Trump is not immune from prosecution as it relates to his actions after the 2020 election. MSNBC legal analysts Andrew Weissmann and Mary McCord detail what the decision means and what happens next. This, as we await Thursday's oral arguments before the Supreme Court to decide if Trump can be kept off Colorado’s primary ballot due to the 14th amendment’s insurrection clause. Also on tap: movement in the Florida classified documents case, Fani Willis and Nathan Wade respond in Georgia and Allen Weisselberg considers a plea deal.
Facts Still Matter

Facts Still Matter

2024-01-3036:454

The clock is ticking as the country awaits some significant legal decisions in the coming days and weeks: when will Special Counsel Hur release his long-awaited report on President Biden’s handling of classified documents? How will Judge Engoron rule in the New York civil fraud case? And what will the DC Circuit decide when it comes to presidential immunity? MSNBC legal analysts Andrew Weissmann and Mary McCord review these questions and what to glean from the E. Jean Carroll verdict and the damages awarded. Plus: a veteran federal judge issues a sharp rebuke of those who are trying to re-write the history of the January 6th attacks.Note: this episode contains a graphic description of sexual assault.
The Truman Precedent

The Truman Precedent

2024-01-2336:114

The second defamation trial brought by writer E. Jean Carroll began last week and brought with it outbursts inside and outside the courtroom from the former president. MSNBC legal analyst Andrew Weissmann was in the courtroom last Thursday. He and co-host, veteran prosecutor Mary McCord, break down this case and what they’re watching for as they await a decision on the presidential immunity claim from the DC Circuit. Also on deck: Andrew and Mary’s take on Trump’s rhetoric that President Truman needed total immunity from prosecution to use the A-bomb, and so does he.
Lies in the Courtroom

Lies in the Courtroom

2024-01-1738:416

The second defamation trial brought by writer E. Jean Carroll began today just hours after Trump won big in the Iowa Caucuses. All this happening days after Trump lashed out at the judge during closing arguments in the New York civil fraud case. MSNBC legal analysts Andrew Weissmann and Mary McCord break down the latest developments and what they’re watching for as they await a decision on the presidential immunity claim from the DC Circuit.
Today, the DC Circuit heard oral arguments from Trump’s lawyers and Special Counsel Jack Smith’s team over a crucial question: does presidential immunity protect Trump from prosecution for anything he did or actions he took while in office? Veteran prosecutors Andrew Weissmann and Mary McCord review the arguments and the pushback from the three-judge panel. Plus, a look at the Supreme Court deciding to hear the Colorado ballot issue, and what else is on Andrew and Mary’s prosecutorial radar. 
Former President Donald Trump appeared in federal court Tuesday morning as his lawyers argued that he is immune from prosecution on charges to overturn the 2020 election. Listen to the full hearing here. 
In late December, the Supreme Court declined Special Counsel Jack’s Smiths request to hear whether Trump is immune from prosecution in the 2020 election subversion criminal case – at least, for now. Meanwhile, several states are reviewing Trump’s ballot eligibility under Section 3 of the 14th Amendment. MSNBC legal analysts Andrew Weissmann and Mary McCord dig into the latest updates in their first episode of 2024.
You've Got Mailbag

You've Got Mailbag

2023-12-2539:523

At the end of every episode of Prosecuting Donald Trump, we ask you to submit your questions and today, we finally have a chance to answer some of them. As we’re all reflecting on the year ahead, Andrew Weissmann and Mary McCord answer your questions about 2023’s legal landscape and what’s to come in 2024. 
Disqualified in Colorado

Disqualified in Colorado

2023-12-2032:183

For the first time in history, the 14th Amendment has been used to disqualify a presidential candidate from running for office. In this special breaking news episode, MSNBC legal analysts Andrew Weissmann and Mary McCord react to the Colorado Supreme Court’s decision to disqualify former president Donald Trump from the state’s 2024 presidential ballot under the Constitution's insurrection clause. Andrew and Mary discuss what the court’s decision means and the potential fallout. Note: Trump’s legal team intends to appeal the decision. 
$148 million

$148 million

2023-12-1948:574

A federal jury in Georgia ordered Rudy Giuliani to pay $148 million in damages to two election workers who sued him for defamation. Can ‘America’s Mayor’ survive a penalty of that size? Michael Gottlieb, the lawyer representing the election workers, joins MSNBC legal analysts Andrew Weissmann and Mary McCord to break down the jury’s decision. Plus, Andrew and Mary discuss former president Trump’s immunity appeal in the DC case, including why the federal judge overseeing the case agreed to pause all proceedings. 
DC Drama

DC Drama

2023-12-1254:345

Former president Donald Trump renewed his efforts to delay the DC election subversion case by asking for a halt in all proceedings while his appeal on presidential immunity moves through the courts. Meanwhile, Special Counsel Jack Smith is pushing to keep the trial on schedule by bringing the issue before the Supreme Court. MSNBC legal analysts Andrew Weissmann and Mary McCord break down Smith’s strategy and what this could mean for the former president’s other criminal cases. Plus, they discuss news out of Wisconsin where ten fake Donald Trump electors settled a civil lawsuit admitting their actions were part of an effort to overturn the 2020 election.
Immunity Denied

Immunity Denied

2023-12-0444:415

In what could be his most consequential legal defeat yet, a federal judge rejects Donald Trump’s claims of presidential immunity in his 2020 election case. MSNBC legal analysts Andrew Weissmann and Mary McCord break down what this – and a similar ruling in a parallel civil case --could mean for the ex-president. Plus, they'll talk GA where Trump’s lawyers say he shouldn’t be tried until 2029 if he wins next year’s election.
Donald Trump’s Thanksgiving threats take center stage as judges in NY and DC decide whether to reinstate his two gag orders. Plus, we’ll dig deeper into Trump’s charade of victimhood as he tries to get his federal election case in DC dismissed. All this, as Andrew and Mary celebrate 50 episodes of the pod!
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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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Rosemarie Hengels

I love listening to Andrew Weissman"s comments and answers. He is so intelligent, experienced, and has a dry sense of humor!! if he was an animal, he would be camouflaged as a bunny, but he is a shark!

Dec 7th
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Teddy

I really enjoy this podcast. Thank you.

Nov 28th
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Sue Miller

 Thank you! Another great show your information really helps us understand everything.

Nov 14th
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Ed Potter

Mary McCord's husband, Snook, is Justice Roberts's admin assistant.

Nov 11th
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Aakash Amanat

In the podcast "Prosecuting Donald Trump," the hosts delve deep into the complex legal and political aspects surrounding the former President's potential legal challenges. It's a captivating exploration of a topic that has garnered immense public interest and scrutiny. https://sites.google.com/view/parchment-paper-uk/home The show provides a comprehensive analysis of the various legal investigations and cases involving Donald Trump, shedding light on the intricacies of both federal and state investigations. They discuss issues like obstruction of justice, tax fraud, and potential impeachment proceedings, providing a nuanced perspective on each. https://sites.google.com/view/wax-paper-uk/home

Nov 1st
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Thomas Kus

Really good podcast explaining the legal details of Trump's various indictments from the perspective of two experienced federal prosecutors. The coverage is fair and the conversational style very effective in highlighting the extraordinary accusations against the former President. Whatever your views on Trump's presidency it is clear that the US population deserves to know the outcome from these pending trials before choosing their next President in 2024.

Sep 26th
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Julie Grey

terrific!

Sep 16th
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