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
Cohen Sentenced and Butina Flips: Who will federal prosecutors in New York charge next? (with Mimi Rocah)
01:01:54
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)
01:10:04
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)
00:54:09
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):
00:53:40
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)
00:46:30
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)
01:01:12
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?
00:41:28
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)
00:57:54
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)
00:31:43
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)
00:43:40
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)
00:37:05
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)
00:54:12
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)
00:37:35
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)
00:51:04
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)
00:43:32
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?
00:47:51
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)
00:43:52
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)
00:37:27
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)
00:44:20
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)
00:48:28
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)
00:35:55
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