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Reporting and analysis on the inquiries, trials, and criminal probes facing former President Donald Trump. From the Jan. 6 insurrection and Georgia election interference, to the ongoing question of classified documents - and beyond - host Scott Detrow, political editor Domenico Montanaro and legal experts dive deep every week to explore the news inside the courtrooms and the stakes for American democracy.Support NPR's reporting by subscribing to Trump's Trials+ and unlock sponsor-free listening. Learn more at plus.npr.org/trumpstrials

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Reporting and analysis on the inquiries, trials, and criminal probes facing former President Donald Trump. From the Jan. 6 insurrection and Georgia election interference, to the ongoing question of classified documents - and beyond - host Scott Detrow, political editor Domenico Montanaro and legal experts dive deep every week to explore the news inside the courtrooms and the stakes for American democracy.Support NPR's reporting by subscribing to Trump's Trials+ and unlock sponsor-free listening. Learn more at plus.npr.org/trumpstrials

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    Trump's classified documents case is dismissed - what happens next?

    Trump's classified documents case is dismissed - what happens next?

    For this episode of Trump's Trials, host Scott Detrow speaks with Constitutional expert Kim Wehle.

    Federal Judge Aileen Cannon dismissed former President Donald Trump's classified documents case on Monday. Cannon ruled the appointment of Jack Smith to special counsel was unconstitutional and therefore the indictment should be dismissed. Trump faced 40 felony counts for allegedly taking classified material and obstructing the government's efforts to retrieve them. Special Counsel Jack Smith has already filed an appeal — and this could very likely make its way to the Supreme Court.

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    Trump's classified documents case has been dismissed by judge

    Trump's classified documents case has been dismissed by judge

    For this episode of Trump's Trials, All Things Considered's Ailsa Chang speaks with NPR's Greg Allen and Carrie Johnson.

    Federal Judge Aileen Cannon has dismissed former President Donald Trump's classified documents case in Florida. The ruling argued that the initial appointment of Special Counsel Jack Smith was unconstitutional. Most legal observers saw the case as the one with the most clear-cut evidence against him.

    The ruling comes after months of delays from Cannon, a judge nominated by Trump, who has come under increasing scrutiny for how she has handled this case.

    Topics include:- how Judge Cannon explained her ruling- reaction from Trump and his team- where the other three criminal cases against Trump stand

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    Two experts on why U.S. democracy is no longer on "sure footing"

    Two experts on why U.S. democracy is no longer on "sure footing"

    For this episode of Trump's Trials, host Scott Detrow speaks with Daniel Ziblatt and Steven Levitsky, the authors of How Democracies Die and Tyranny of the Minority.

    The Supreme Court's landmark decision ruling that president's enjoy broad immunity from criminal prosecution stunned many constitutional experts. Ziblatt and Levitsky see it as the latest move that has put America's democracy in danger of "collapse." In this episode we dive into the state of America's democracy and what can be done to save it.

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    The Supreme Court's immunity ruling complicates all the cases against Trump

    The Supreme Court's immunity ruling complicates all the cases against Trump

    For this episode of Trump's Trials, host Domenico Montanaro speaks with former deputy assistant attorney general Harry Litman.

    The Supreme Court's landmark decision on presidential immunity is complicating all of the pending legal cases against former President Donald Trump. Even the hush money trial where he was already convicted is getting a second look to determine what, if any, evidence violates the Supreme Court's ruling.

    Topics include:- Reaction to immunity decision- How decision affects Trump's legal cases

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    Nixon attorney: "Richard Nixon would have had a pass" with this Supreme Court

    Nixon attorney: "Richard Nixon would have had a pass" with this Supreme Court

    For this episode of Trump's Trials, All Things Considered host Ailsa Chang speaks with NPR Justice Correspondent Carrie Johnson.

    In 1974 the Supreme Court unanimously ruled in United States v. Nixon, that Nixon must to comply with a subpoena and hand over his White House tapes. It was a blow to Nixon's presidency and two weeks later he resigned from office. But what would've happened if today's Supreme Court was on the bench in 1974? Carrie Johnson spoke with people involved in Watergate to find out.

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    Supreme Court: Trump immune from prosecution for 'core' acts as president

    Supreme Court: Trump immune from prosecution for 'core' acts as president

    For this episode of Trump's Trials, All Things Considered host Ailsa Chang speaks with University of Baltimore law professor Kim Wahle and later, NPR senior editor and political correspondent Domenico Montanaro.

    In a 6-to-3 decision, along ideological lines, the Court ruled that presidents have absolute immunity for their core constitutional powers, and are entitled to a presumption of immunity for other official acts. But they also ruled that presidents do not have immunity for unofficial acts. The decision will affect the federal election interference case and the Georgia election interference case.

    Topics include:- Supreme Court immunity decision- Federal election interference case- Georgia election interference case

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Traumatic, at this point.

I have been catching up on episodes. All of the analysis is meaningless. Nothing really matters any more, right? SCOTUS granted immunity. Everybody is calm and laughing about Trump’s ridiculous legal arguments for immunity.

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5 simple questions for Trump supporters

If someone, not Trump, a person of color, a woman, someone in the LGBTQ community who’s for birth and gun control was accused of only 1/2 of the charges, would you want them in the White House?

If Trump is innocent, why delay the trials where he could immediately to clear his name?

Do you honestly believe that a multimillionaire has anything in common with you or understands your daily challenges? (You’re mad about the price of eggs while his family is buying islands from foreign governments)

Why is he the only one saying he’s innocent while the rest are calling this a political attack? (Kinda like a murder who says “You just don’t like me!”)

If he did nothing wrong, why does he need immunity?

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