On Topic with Renato Mariotti

By Renato Mariotti, Patti Vasquez

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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.

Episode Date
State of Lies: How Should the Press Cover Trump’s Lies and Misleading Statements? (with Daniel Dale)
Renato and Patti discuss Trump’s frequent false and misleading statements and how the media’s coverage of Trump’s lies could contribute to the distortion of public debate caused by his false statements. They are joined by Daniel Dale, the Washington Bureau Chief for the Toronto Star and a frequent fact checker of Trump’s speeches.
Feb 08, 2019
Suspension of the INF Treaty: Did Trump put Russia’s interests Ahead of Our Own? (with Sam Vinograd)
Renato discussed the Trump Administration’s decision to suspend the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) with Russia, and whether the Trump Administration’s foreign policy has put Russian interests ahead of our own. He was joined by Samantha Vinograd, a CNN National Security Analyst who was a former National Security Council official and held numerous foreign policy roles in the Obama and Bush Administrations.
Feb 04, 2019
Roger Stone Indicted: What Does This Mean for Mueller, Trump, and Congress? (with Mike Quigley and Barb McQuade)
Renato and Patti discuss the recent indictment of Trump associate Roger Stone, who was indicted for lying to Congress, witness tampering, and obstructing the investigation of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. They are joined by Congressman Mike Quigley (D-IL), a member of that committee, and Barb McQuade, the former United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan and a MSNBC Legal Analyst.
Jan 26, 2019
Mueller Corrects the Record: What Does This Mean and What Happens Next? (with Neal Katyal)
Renato and Patti discuss the recent Buzzfeed News report that indicated there was substantial evidence that Trump directed Cohen to lie to Congress as well as the public statement by Mueller that the article is inaccurate and calls for Congress to investigate this and other matters. They are joined by former Acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal.
Jan 21, 2019
FBI Counterintelligence Investigation of Trump: Was Trump working for Russia? (with Asha Rangappa and John Sipher)
Renato and Patti discuss the recent news that the FBI opened a counterintelligence investigation to determine if Trump was compromised by Russia and whether he was working for Russia to advance their interests ahead of our own. They are joined by former FBI counterintelligence agent Asha Rangappa and former CIA officer John Sipher, who ran the CIA’s Russia’s operations.
Jan 14, 2019
State of Emergency: As the “Wall” Fight Looms, Has the Mueller Investigation Moved to its Final Stage? (with William Banks and Mimi Rocah)
Renato and Patti discuss the president’s “emergency” powers, including the limits of those powers, how they can be challenged, and how they should be reformed, with Syracuse Law Professor William C. Banks. They also speak at length with MSNBC Legal Analyst Mimi Rocah about many recent developments in the Mueller investigation, including the revelation that former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort provided private polling data to a Russian intelligence operative.
Jan 10, 2019
The New Democratic House: How can Gerrymandering and Campaign Finance be reformed, and what will House Democrats do? (with Paul Smith and Ro Khanna)
Renato and Patti discuss gerrymandering, which dilutes the power of voters to choose representatives, as well as campaign finance reform with Paul Smith, who has represents citizens in important gerrymandering and campaign finance reform cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. They also speak with Congressman Ro Khanna (D-CA) about the legislation introduced by House Democrats to combat gerrymandering and reform campaign finance, as well as the agenda for House Democrats in the year ahead.
Jan 05, 2019
Answering Your Questions: What Happened This Year and What is to Come? (with Joyce Vance)
Renato and Patti discuss the most important legal news from the past year and what we can expect in the year ahead from the investigations of Donald Trump and his associates. Patti asks many questions from listeners to Renato and Joyce Vance, the former United States Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama and MSNBC Legal Analyst.
Dec 28, 2018
Whitaker Doesn't Recuse, Barr's Memo, and Flynn's Hearing: is the Mueller investigation in jeopardy? (with Matthew Miller and Carlton Larson)
Renato and Patti discuss three topics related to Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation--the hearing regarding General Michael Flynn's sentencing (and whether he committed treason), Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker's decision not to recuse from supervising the Mueller investigation, and the lengthy memo written by Attorney General nominee William Barr and sent to Justice Department officials and Trump's lawyers. They're joined by Matthew Miller, former Justice Department spokesperson and MSNBC contributor (regarding Whitaker and Barr) and Carlton Larson, Professor of Law at University of California at Davis (regarding treason).
Dec 22, 2018
Trump Implicated: Is Trump Guilty of a Campaign Finance Crime? (with Josh Gerstein, Trevor Potter, and Bob Bauer)
In this special episode, Renato and Patti discuss in depth the allegations that Trump committed a campaign finance crime when he caused hush money payments to be made to two women during his campaign. They are joined by POLITICO reporter Josh Gerstein, former Federal Election Commission Chairman Trevor Potter, and former White House Counsel Bob Bauer.
Dec 17, 2018
Cohen Sentenced and Butina Flips: Who will federal prosecutors in New York charge next? (with Mimi Rocah)
Renato and Patti discuss the sentencing of Michael Cohen, the non-prosecution agreement with the company that owns the National Enquirer, and the potential cooperation of Russian spy Maria Butina. They are joined by Mimi Rocah, a former federal prosecutor and MSNBC Legal Analyst.
Dec 13, 2018
Cohen and Manafort Filings: What Criminal Liability Does Trump Have? (with Neal Katyal)
Renato and Patti discuss the recent filings by federal prosecutors in New York and Special Counsel Robert Mueller, including the conclusion by federal prosecutors that Donald Trump directed Michael Cohen to commit federal crimes. They are joined by Neal Katyal, the former Acting Solicitor General who authored the Special Counsel regulations.
Dec 09, 2018
Cohen and Flynn Sentencing Memoranda: What Do They Reveal About the Mueller Investigation? (with Ken White)
Renato and Patti discuss the revelation in Michael Cohen’s sentencing memorandum that Cohen discussed his false testimony with Trump’s lawyers. They also discuss the sentencing memorandum in Michael Flynn’s case, which was filed as the podcast was recorded. They are joined by former federal prosecutor Ken White, who tweets as @Popehat.
Dec 05, 2018
Cohen Cooperates and Pleads: What Does This Mean for Trump? (with Asha Rangappa):
Renato and Patti discuss Michael Cohen’s plea to the crime of lying to Congress and his cooperation deal with Special Counsel Robert Mueller. They also discuss the news that Manafort’s lawyers shared confidential information from Mueller with President Donald Trump’s lawyers. They are joined by Asha Rangappa, a CNN Legal Analyst, former FBI counterintelligence agent, and professor at Yale’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs.
Nov 30, 2018
Manafort Allegedly Lied to Prosecutors and Met With Assange: What does this mean for Mueller and Trump? (with Joyce Vance)
Renato and Patti discuss Mueller’s allegation that former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort repeatedly lied to Mueller and the FBI after he agreed to cooperate. They also discuss the news that Manafort allegedly met with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange multiple times. They are joined by Joyce Vance, the former United States Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama and MSNBC Legal Analyst.
Nov 28, 2018
Trump Against the Courts: Will Courts Continue to Check Trump When He Violates the Law? (With Chris Geidner)
Renato and Patti discuss Trump’s criticism of Chief Justice Roberts as well as the asylum decision that prompted Trump’s attack on the judge that prompted Chief Justice Roberts to act. They also discuss the Trump Administration’s unusual decision to seek early Supreme Court review of the transgender ban. They are joined by Chris Geidner, Legal Editor and Supreme Court Correspondent at Buzzfeed News.
Nov 26, 2018
Revocation of a Press Credential: Assault on the First Amendment?
Renato and Patti discuss the revocation of the press credential of CNN Chief White House Correspondent Jim Acosta and a federal judge’s ruling that excluding Acosta violated the due process clause of the Fifth Amendment. They discuss what the judge’s decision meant, how Trump’s attacks on the press endanger the First Amendment, and how future government actions will pose unique First Amendment issues.
Nov 19, 2018
Acting Attorney General Whitaker Under Scrutiny: Will He Last? (with Asha Rangappa)
Renato discusses whether Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker was lawfully appointed, whether he must recuse himself, and whether his extreme legal views should disqualify him from serving. He is joined by Asha Rangappa, a CNN Legal Analyst, former FBI counterintelligence agent, and professor at Yale’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs.
Nov 12, 2018
Sessions is Fired: Will Whitaker Fire or Limit Mueller? (with Mimi Rocah)
Renato and Patti discuss the firing of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the appointment of Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker. They are joined by Mimi Rocah, a MSNBC Legal Analyst and former federal prosecutor.
Nov 08, 2018
Trump's Racist Immigration Strategy: What Does It Mean For Our Nation? (with Kimberly Atkins)
Renato and Patti discuss the racist ad released by Donald Trump depicting immigrants as dangerous and falsely blaming Democrats for permitting criminals to enter our country. They are joined by Kimberly Atkins, the Washington Bureau Chief of the Boston Herald and a MSNBC Contributor.
Nov 06, 2018
Voter Suppression: What is it and How does it Impact Voters? (with Hannah Fried)
In this special episode before a live audience at Georgetown Law Center, Renato and Patti discuss efforts to make it more difficult to vote, including recent government actions that reduce registration and voting by minorities. They are joined by Hannah Fried, co-founder and Executive Director of Access Democracy.
Nov 05, 2018
Hate Crimes on the Rise: What Can be Done? (with James Gagliano)
Renato and Patti discuss the bombs sent to targets of Donald Trump by one of his supporters as well as the mass murder at a synagogue by an anti-semite. They are joined by James Gagliano, a former FBI Supervisory Special Agent and CNN Law Enforcement Analyst.
Oct 29, 2018
The murder of Jamal Khashoggi: How Should the United States Respond? (with Max Boot)
Renato and Patti discuss the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi operatives and the Trump Administration’s response to the murder. They are joined by Max Boot, Washington Post columnist and Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.
Oct 22, 2018
Family Separation: Why Does it Continue and What Can Be Done About It? (with David Leopold)
Renato and Patti discuss the Trump Administration’s family separation policy and the legality of young children signing away their rights. They are joined by David Leopold, the past president of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and a frequent commentator on immigration issues on CNN and elsewhere.
Oct 14, 2018
The Confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh: In the Wake of this Defeat, Should Democrats Adopt Questionable Tactics Used by Republicans? (with Matthew Miller)
Renato and Patti discuss what Democrats could have done differently to oppose the Kavanaugh nomination, and whether Democrats should change their tactics to match Republican strategies that shatter well-established norms. They are joined by Matthew Miller, former spokesperson for the Justice Department and MSNBC Contributor, who argues that Democrats should have been more aggressive in attacking the limited FBI investigation of Kavanaugh.
Oct 09, 2018
The Kavanaugh Hearing: What Does it Mean for His Nomination and the Nation?
Renato and Patti discuss the testimony of Professor Christine Blasey Ford and Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Recorded moments after the hearing ended, they discuss what happened, what it means for Kavanaugh’s nomination, and what the lasting impact of this hearing will be.
Sep 28, 2018
Professor Christine Blasey Ford Comes Forward: What Does This Mean for the Kavanaugh Nomination and for Women? (with Judith Lichtman)
Renato and Patti discuss the implications of Professor Christine Blasey Ford's accusation that Judge Brett Kavanaugh attempted to rape her 37 years ago. They are joined by Judith Lichtman of the National Partnership for Women & Families, who testified at the confirmation hearing for Justice Clarence Thomas.
Sep 23, 2018
Manafort Flips: What does this mean for Mueller and the Trump Presidency? (with Joyce Vance)
Renato and Patti discuss the implications of former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort's decision to "flip" and cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller. They are joined by Joyce Vance, the former United States Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama and MSNBC Legal Analyst.
Sep 16, 2018
The Nomination of Brett Kavanaugh: How Would He Change the Supreme Court? (with Neal Katyal)
Renato and Patti discuss the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court, including how he would impact the Court's rulings and recent controversies that arose during his confirmation hearing, including allegations that Kavanaugh lied under oath. They are joined by Neal Katyal, the former Acting Solicitor General who has argued many important cases before the Supreme Court.
Sep 10, 2018
Firing the White House Counsel: Part of a Scheme to Obstruct Justice? (with Bob Bauer)
Renato and Patti discuss the implications of Trump’s firing of White House Counsel Don McGahn, including whether it was intended to obstruct the Russia investigation. They are joined by Bob Bauer, who served as White House Counsel for Barack Obama
Sep 04, 2018
Cohen Guilty and Weisselberg Cooperates: Beginning of the end for Trump? (with Natasha Bertrand)
Renato and Patti discuss the implications of the charges and guilty plea of former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen as well as the cooperation of Trump Organization Chief Financial Officer of the Trump Organization, who reportedly received immunity. They are joined by Natasha Bertrand, a reporter for The Atlantic and MSNBC Contributor, who closely covers the Russia investigation and other legal matters related to president Donald Trump.
Aug 27, 2018