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Join former federal prosecutor and CNN Legal Analyst Renato Mariotti as he breaks down the news in depth with WGN Radio host and comedian Patti Vasquez and a weekly guest.

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Join former federal prosecutor and CNN Legal Analyst Renato Mariotti as he breaks down the news in depth with WGN Radio host and comedian Patti Vasquez and a weekly guest.

    Impeachment Trial: Will It Resolve Anything In Light of New Allegations? (with Barb McQuade and Frank Bowman)

    Impeachment Trial: Will It Resolve Anything In Light of New Allegations? (with Barb McQuade and Frank Bowman)

    Renato and Patti discuss the upcoming impeachment trial of Donald Trump, along with recent new allegations and evidence from Giuliani associate Lev Parnas. They are joined by MSNBC Legal Analyst Barb McQuade, former U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan, and Professor Frank Bowman of the University of Missouri School of Law, the author of High Crimes and Misdemeanors: A History of Impeachment for the Age of Trump.

    • 57 min
    Iran Attack: Can the President Start a War without Congress? (with Stephen Vladeck and Ro Khanna)

    Iran Attack: Can the President Start a War without Congress? (with Stephen Vladeck and Ro Khanna)

    Renato discussed Trump's recent attack that killed Iranian Major General Qasem Soleimani and Congressional efforts to ensure that Trump did not lead the nation into war with Iran. He was joined by Stephen Vladeck, A. Dalton Cross Professor in Law at the University of Texas School of Law and Congressman Ro Khanna (D-CA), who recently introduced the No War With Iran Act in the House.

    • 54 min
    Looking Forward to 2020: What Legal Developments Will Come? (with Mimi Rocah)

    Looking Forward to 2020: What Legal Developments Will Come? (with Mimi Rocah)

    Renato discusses recent legal developments and the legal cases (including impeachment) that will make news in 2020. He is joined by former federal prosecutor Mimi Rocah, a former MSNBC Legal Analyst and current candidate for Manchester County District Attorney.

    • 51 min
    Articles of Impeachment and OIG Report: What Does It Mean? (with Asha Rangappa)

    Articles of Impeachment and OIG Report: What Does It Mean? (with Asha Rangappa)

    Renato and Patti discuss the articles of impeachment introduced in the House Judiciary Committee and the Justice Department OIG report on the Russia investigation. They’re joined by former FBI counterintelligence agent Asha Rangappa, a CNN Legal and National Security Analyst and a Professor at Yale University.

    • 1 hr 27 min
    Impeachment in Historical Perspective: What Articles of Impeachment Should House Judiciary Include? (with Jill Wine-Banks)

    Impeachment in Historical Perspective: What Articles of Impeachment Should House Judiciary Include? (with Jill Wine-Banks)

    Renato discusses the recent court decision rejecting Trump’s “absolute immunity” argument and the new phase of the impeachment inquiry before the House Judiciary Committee. He is joined by Watergate prosecutor Jill Wine-Banks, a MSNBC Legal Analyst.

    • 43 min
    First Week of Impeachment Hearings: What Mattered? (with Maya Wiley)

    First Week of Impeachment Hearings: What Mattered? (with Maya Wiley)

    Renato discussed the first week of public impeachment hearings. He was joined by MSNBC Legal Analyst Maya Wiley, the former chief legal advisor to the Mayor of New York City.

    • 59 min

Customer Reviews

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Good legal podcast

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One of the best!

There are several, if not many, podcasts that attempt to sort out and explain the many legal issues surrounding the current administration. This one always leaves me feeling that I learn a lot over the length of the podcast, and I always go away feeling reassured that there are still competent people in the legal profession. Issues and terminology such as impeachment and subpoena are explained carefully when necessary, and the host and guests neither dumb down the material OR talk over anyone’s head. Thank you Renato Marriotti for presenting such a classy, informative podcast each week.

Hope for democracy ,

Incredible insight and expertise

I appreciate this podcast so much. Renato answers all of the legal questions I have about political figures and their shenanigans. His guests are first rate and I am so excited when new episodes are released.

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