Veteran prosecutors Andrew Weissmann and Mary McCord discuss and dissect the cases against former President Donald Trump, including the historic indictment from the Manhattan D.A.
Trump's Thanksgiving Threats
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!
28/11/2023 • 35 minutes 3 seconds
Donald Trump’s team and the U.S. government squared off in a DC appeals court over his latest attempt to undo a gag order issued against him in his federal election subversion case. MSNBC legal analysts Andrew Weissmann and Mary McCord break down Trump’s claims and which way they think the three-judge panel is leaning. Plus, a judgein Colorado denies a motion to keep Trump off the ballot there in 2024 – but why some say the ruling is still a bad one for the former president.
21/11/2023 • 39 minutes 57 seconds
Bonus: Trump’s D.C. Gag Order Hearing
For nearly 2 ½ hours a three-judge panel grilled Donald Trump’s team and the U.S. government over whether a gag order imposed on the former president in his federal election subversion case unfairly limits his speech. Listen to the entire thing here.
20/11/2023 • 2 hours 17 minutes 52 seconds
Cannon, Cameras and Accountants
Donald Trump Jr was back on the witness stand on Monday testifying as the defense’s first witness in the New York civil fraud trial. Meanwhile, Trump’s trial in the Florida classified documents case remains on schedule for now, but with a caveat his team claims as a victory. And a group of media outlets is pushing for cameras in the courtroom in the DC trial. (Note: separate from that motion, NBCUniversal has submitted its own independent motion to broadcast the trial.) MSNBC legal analysts Andrew Weissmann and Mary McCord tell you what you need to know.
13/11/2023 • 35 minutes 10 seconds
Trump's Tumultuous Testimony
Donald Trump took the witness stand Monday in the biggest moment of his civil and criminal trials thus far. MSNBC legal analysts Andrew Weissmann and Mary McCord dig into some of his big admissions and how badly he may have hurt himself. Plus, we’ll get into the former president’s latest efforts to delay his federal trials and the new criticism facing Judge Aileen Cannon in the FL documents case.
07/11/2023 • 33 minutes 42 seconds
BONUS: How to West Win
In a special episode of How to Win 2024, Andrew Weissmann joins Jennifer Palmieri and the West Wing’s Bradley Whitford to break down what Donald Trump’s hellish legal week could mean for the presidential race. Jen and Bradley also dive into the week’s 2024 winners and losers – including how a surprise primary challenge against President Biden could play out.
03/11/2023 • 35 minutes 11 seconds
Of Presidents & Kings
A hugely consequential week ahead for Donald Trump as a trial in CO begins to determine if he’s eligible to be president again after Jan. 6th. Plus, he and his 3 oldest kids get set to testify over the next week in the NY fraud trial that threatens their business empire. Plus, the former dean of NYU Law School, Trevor Morrison, joins Andrew & Mary for an in-depth look at Trump’s attempt to dismiss the DC election interference case against him over claims of presidential immunity.
30/10/2023 • 38 minutes 3 seconds
In this emergency episode, MSNBC legal analysts Andrew Weissmann and Mary McCord dig into the explosive development that Mark Meadows was reportedly granted an immunity deal in the federal election case – and what it could mean for Donald Trump. Plus, another ex-Trump lawyer pleads guilty in GA and pledges her full cooperation -- on the same day Michael Cohen lobs bombshell after bombshell from the witness stand in Trump’s NY civil fraud trial.
25/10/2023 • 33 minutes 59 seconds
Trump’s New Legal Peril
Donald Trump raising some eyebrows after claiming Sidney Powell was never his attorney. MSNBC legal analysts Andrew Weissmann and Mary McCord dig into what that could mean for his defense. Plus, Trump’s fraud trial resumes in NY this week after the judge threatened to throw him in jail the next time he violates a partial gag order.
23/10/2023 • 34 minutes 32 seconds
D.C. Gag Order
A federal judge has barred Donald Trump from attacking witnesses, prosecutors and court staff in his D.C. election interference trial. This is the second protective order issued against the former president in just two weeks. MSNBC legal analysts Andrew Weissmann and Mary McCord dig into that -- plus, why everyone should be keeping a close eye on the GA trial for two of Trump’s co-defendants.
18/10/2023 • 31 minutes 49 seconds
Bombshell new reporting alleges that Donald Trump revealed sensitive information about U.S. nuclear submarines to a member of his Mar-a-Lago club. So why hasn’t Jack Smith charged him with that – and can it be brought into the case now? MSNBC legal analysts Andrew Weissmann and Mary McCord dig into that and some other big developments in the DC election case.
09/10/2023 • 33 minutes 29 seconds
Live at NYU!
We’re live at NYU Law School! MSNBC legal analysts Andrew Weissmann and Mary McCord are joined by special guest and former dean of NYU Law Trevor Morrison. They discuss Trump’s new gag order, presidential immunity and take questions from the audience.
05/10/2023 • 56 minutes 51 seconds
Family Fraud on Trial
Donald Trump is in court this week for the civil fraud trial that could threaten his business empire. MSNBC legal analysts Andrew Weissmann and Mary McCord dig into what exactly is at stake for Trump and how his attacks on the NY attorney general and judge could impact his other cases.
04/10/2023 • 28 minutes 41 seconds
BONUS: How to Win 2024: The “Kiddie Table” Debate
Debate guru Ron Klain joins Claire McCaskill and Jennifer Palmieri on their new podcast “How to Win 2024” to discuss the winners and losers of the 2nd GOP debate and what it could mean for President Biden’s re-election campaign. Plus, the House Republicans’ impeachment effort that voters want nothing to do with. Listen each week and click here to follow the show.
29/09/2023 • 32 minutes 57 seconds
BONUS: Chris Hayes interviews Andrew Weissmann & Mary McCord
Andrew Weissmann and Mary McCord join MSNBC host Chris Hayes for the first stop on his “Why Is This Happening?” podcast tour at the Texas Tribune Festival in Austin. They dig into the latest on the cases against Donald Trump, including their predictions about whether the ex-president will be convicted of any crimes before Election Day 2024.
27/09/2023 • 1 hour 9 minutes 12 seconds
A new filing from Donald Trump’s legal team slams Jack Smith’s request for a partial protective order, claiming it would infringe on the ex-president’s right to free speech. But many are drawing a direct connection between Trump’s incendiary rhetoric and an increase in political violence against his opponents. MSNBC legal analysts Andrew Weissmann and Mary McCord break down how the courts may move forward.
27/09/2023 • 35 minutes 2 seconds
Removal, Recusal and Restrictions
Things are getting heated in D.C., where Donald Trump is blasting Special Counsel Jack Smith’s request to restrict his public comments on the federal election fraud case. MSNBC legal analysts Andrew Weissmann and Mary McCord dig into Judge Chutkan’s options, plus Trump’s effort to get that judge to recuse herself. They’ll also break down the latest in GA where yet another Trump co-defendant is trying to get his case moved to federal court.
18/09/2023 • 36 minutes 16 seconds
BONUS: Live from the 92nd Street Y
We’re live at the 92nd Street Y in NYC! MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace sits down with Andrew Weissmann and Mary McCord to talk about all of the latest legal developments in Trumpworld. She also asks Andrew and Mary some personal questions about their time at the DOJ, including what it was like to be there for the transition between the Obama and Trump administrations -- and we take questions from the audience in this very special live episode.Note: Some parts of the conversation have been edited
15/09/2023 • 1 hour 54 seconds
Georgia in the Spotlight
We now know a special grand jury in Georgia recommended charging 37 Trump allies in the election interference case, but D.A. Fani Willis only indicted 19. Why weren’t the others charged? Plus, a judge rejects Mark Meadows’ attempt to move his case from state to federal court. What could this mean for Trump’s potential removal request? MSNBC legal analysts Andrew Weissmann and Mary McCord break down the latest developments.
12/09/2023 • 34 minutes 29 seconds
Live at Georgetown Law!
We’re live at Georgetown Law! Wednesday was supposed to be arraignment day in GA’s election racketeering case, but Donald Trump and his 18 co-defendants waived their right to an in-person arraignment and pleaded not guilty. But there was plenty more activity in Fulton County. MSNBC legal analysts Andrew Weissmann and Mary McCord break it all down and take questions from the audience in this special episode.
07/09/2023 • 59 minutes 29 seconds
First Up: The DC Trial
A trial date has been set in the DC election interference case against Donald Trump. Meanwhile, Trump’s former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows took the stand in GA in an effort to move his case from state to federal court. MSNBC legal analysts Andrew Weissmann and Mary McCord break down what happened inside those courtrooms and how the dual hearings may set the stage for what’s to come.
29/08/2023 • 35 minutes 34 seconds
Special Preview: “Velshi Banned Book Club”
Ali Velshi gives a special preview of his new podcast, “Velshi Banned Book Club,” an act of resistance against the epidemic of book banning. In each episode, a different author of a banned book joins Ali—including Margaret Atwood, Nikole Hannah-Jones, Laurie Halse Anderson and more—to talk about why their work is being targeted and about the literature itself. “Velshi Banned Book Club” is a series rooted in literary and cultural analysis and in the notion of reading as resistance. Listen to the first two episodes now and follow the series: https://link.chtbl.com/vbbc_fdlw
24/08/2023 • 1 minute 56 seconds
Awaiting Trump’s GA Surrender
Donald Trump will surrender at an Atlanta jail this week after being indicted for election interference in GA. MSNBC legal analysts Andrew Weissmann and Mary McCord break down the bond order, Trump’s recent threats -- and whether he may have disqualified himself from ever being president again.
22/08/2023 • 38 minutes 3 seconds
The GA Indictment Read by Ali Velshi: Part 2
MSNBC host Ali Velshi reads the second and final part of the 41-count GA indictment that accuses Donald Trump and 18 of his allies with being part of a “criminal enterprise” to overturn the 2020 election there. This part covers charges of conspiracy to commit election fraud, influencing witnesses, impersonating a public officer, perjury and much more.
16/08/2023 • 1 hour 14 minutes 35 seconds
The GA Indictment Read by Ali Velshi: Part 1
Donald Trump and his allies have been charged with felony racketeering and numerous conspiracy charges in GA. MSNBC host Ali Velshi reads the first part of the 41-count indictment that accuses them of being part of a “criminal enterprise” to overturn the 2020 election there.
16/08/2023 • 2 hours 27 minutes 31 seconds
The GA Indictment
A stunning set of charges handed down in GA, accusing Donald Trump and 18 others of being part of a “criminal enterprise” to overturn the 2020 election there. MSNBC legal analysts Andrew Weissmann and Mary McCord break down the racketeering and conspiracy charges which are not pardonable by any president -- and tell us what we can expect over the next 10 days as defendants turn themselves in.
16/08/2023 • 41 minutes 45 seconds
BONUS: MSNBC Special with Ari Melber, Andrew Weissmann & Mary McCord
Veteran prosecutors Andrew Weissmann and Mary McCord join MSNBC’s Ari Melber for a Prosecuting Donald Trump TV special. They dissect the latest indictments facing the former president, what we could see at trial and whether Trump and democracy can co-exist as he once again runs for president.
14/08/2023 • 42 minutes 6 seconds
A Protective Order
In the days following Donald Trump’s third indictment, the former president and his legal team spent the weekend unleashing defenses across social media and major news networks. This, along with the former president’s record of revealing private information, led prosecutors to seek a protective order from Judge Chutkan. MSNBC legal analysts Andrew Weissmann and Mary McCord break down some of the defense’s claims and how this could impact the case at large.
07/08/2023 • 44 minutes 18 seconds
Charges to Overturn an Election
Donald Trump has been indicted for a third time, twice now at the federal level. Jack Smith’s indictment lays out the chilling details of his alleged plot to overturn the 2020 election. MSNBC legal analysts Andrew Weissmann and Mary McCord explain why this is the most serious indictment yet for Trump, what we know about the judge in the case and whether any of the unindicted co-conspirators could be cooperating.
02/08/2023 • 39 minutes 7 seconds
The 2020 Election Indictment Read by Ali Velshi
For the third time in 4 months Donald Trump has been indicted, twice at the federal level, but legal experts say this is the most serious one yet. MSNBC host Ali Velshi reads every word of the DOJ’s latest allegations against the former president, charging him with 4 counts in connection with his alleged efforts to overturn the 2020 election.
02/08/2023 • 1 hour 42 minutes 47 seconds
Jack Smith’s D.C. Indictment Decision: A Conversation with Judge Luttig
As we await yet another likely Trump indictment, former federal judge Michael Luttig joins Andrew Weissmann and Mary McCord to talk about his role in advising Mike Pence ahead of Jan. 6th, why he says Trump wants to be charged for 1/6 – and whether he thinks that trial could happen before the 2024 election.
31/07/2023 • 35 minutes 4 seconds
The Superseding Indictment
Donald Trump now faces three new felony charges in the Mar-a-Lago documents case. MSNBC analysts Andrew Weissmann and Mary McCord dig into Jack Smith’s surprise superseding indictment accusing Trump of trying to delete security footage. Plus, where things stand with the expected indictment in Smith’s 2020 election probe – and signs that things are ramping up in Georgia.
28/07/2023 • 34 minutes 51 seconds
Indictment Watch... Again
We’re on federal indictment watch again, but there could be some holdups. MSNBC legal analysts Andrew Weissmann and Mary McCord take a look at what we know so far about Jack Smith’s 2020 election probe and what we can expect when the decision comes down.
25/07/2023 • 35 minutes 33 seconds
MSNBC legal analysts Andrew Weissmann and Mary McCord react to the breaking news that Donald Trump has received a target letter from Special Counsel Jack Smith in connection withSmith’s investigation into whether any person or entity unlawfully interfered with the transfer of power following the 2020 presidential election or the certification of the Electoral College vote held on or about January 6, 2021. Plus, they answer questions from listeners.
18/07/2023 • 36 minutes 32 seconds
All Eyes on Judge Cannon
A big test for Judge Aileen Cannon as Donald Trump tries to delay the Mar-a-Lago documents case until after the 2024 election. MSNBC legal analysts Andrew Weissmann and Mary McCord weigh in on the possible repercussions of Cannon’s decision. Plus, big developments in GA where a grand jury being seated today could decide whether Trump is charged for trying to overturn his 2020 election loss there.
11/07/2023 • 34 minutes 20 seconds
Rudy Giuliani is just the latest Trump ally to sit down with federal investigators. MSNBC legal analysts Andrew Weissmann and Mary McCord dig into who could be cooperating and what that could mean for the former president. Plus, why the Miami grand jury is still investigating Trump’s documents case, even after his indictment.
03/07/2023 • 31 minutes 56 seconds
The Bedminster Tape
Could it be game over for Donald Trump in the classified documents case? MSNBC legal analysts Andrew Weissmann and Mary McCord weigh in on the leaked Bedminster recording where Trump appears to talk about classifieddocuments he kept. Plus, new details on the Secret Service agents who have now testified before the Jan. 6th grand jury.If you have questions, you can leave us a voicemail at 917-342-2934 and maybe we’ll play it on the pod! You can also email us at [email protected].
27/06/2023 • 30 minutes 41 seconds
Government Secrets at Trial
Judge Aileen Cannon surprised many by setting an Aug. 14th trial date in Donald Trump’s classified documents case – just 2 months from now. But will that date hold and how will the court keep government secrets safe? MSNBC legal analysts Andrew Weissmann and Mary McCord are joined by national security attorney Mark Zaid to break down the Classified Information Procedures Act (CIPA) and how it could impact the case.
21/06/2023 • 40 minutes 44 seconds
The Miami Arraignment
For the second time in two months, Donald Trump has been arrested and pleaded not guilty to criminal charges – this time in relation to Jack Smith’s federal investigation into his handling of classified documents. MSNBC legal analysts Andrew Weissmann and Mary McCord break down what happened inside that Miami courtroom, what Trump’s likely defenses will be and how the prosecution might deal with the Trump-appointed judge overseeing the case.If you have questions, you can leave us a voicemail at 917-342-2934 and maybe we’ll play it on the pod! You can also email us at [email protected].
14/06/2023 • 31 minutes 13 seconds
The Full Indictment Read by Ali Velshi
What exactly is inside that historic 37-count federal indictment against Donald Trump? MSNBC host Ali Velshi reads every word of the DOJ’s allegations against the former president, including a transcript of a conversation Trump allegedly had about a classified military document and texts between his employees. If you have questions, you can leave us a voicemail at 917-342-2934 and maybe we’ll play it on the pod! You can also email us at [email protected].
11/06/2023 • 1 hour 12 minutes 56 seconds
37 Felony Counts
The DOJ has unsealed the 37-count indictment against Donald Trump, detailing how the former president allegedly lied and schemed to keep classified documents he knew were classified. MSNBC legal analysts Andrew Weissmann and Mary McCord give us their biggest takeaways from the indictment and tell us what we can expect on Tuesday when Trump turns himself in.If you have questions, you can leave us a voicemail at 917-342-2934 and maybe we’ll play it on the pod! You can also email us at [email protected].
10/06/2023 • 35 minutes 37 seconds
The Second Indictment
Donald Trump has become the first former president to face federal prosecution. A grand jury in Miami has charged him with 37 criminal counts in special counsel Jack Smith’s documents probe. MSNBC legal analysts Andrew Weissmann and Mary McCord take a closer look at what we know so far and why these charges are so important. If you have questions, you can leave us a voicemail at 917-342-2934 and maybe we’ll play it on the pod! You can also email us at [email protected].
09/06/2023 • 39 minutes 45 seconds
Federal Indictment Watch
We're on indictment watch as the grand jury in the Mar-a-Lago classified documents case is expected to meet this week after a hiatus. MSNBC legal analysts Andrew Weissmann and Mary McCord dig into possible charges and how prosecutors go about wrapping up a long grand jury investigation.
05/06/2023 • 38 minutes 10 seconds
Our listeners have some burning questions about Donald Trump’s legal cases, including where exactly we stand with timing and what happens if a federal grand jury indicts. MSNBC legal analysts Andrew Weissmann and Mary McCord dig into all of that in this special Listener Questions episode.
30/05/2023 • 31 minutes 3 seconds
The Mar-a-Lago Boxes
Some explosive new reporting could give us the clearest indication yet about what exactly Jack Smith is looking at in the Mar-a-Lago documents case – and what he could charge. MSNBC legal analysts Andrew Weissmann and Mary McCord weigh in on reports that Trump employees moved classified documents the day before the FBI came for them.
27/05/2023 • 32 minutes 13 seconds
Could Donald Trump’s own lawyer be the key to Special Counsel Jack Smith’s obstruction case? MSNBC legal analysts Andrew Weissmann and Mary McCord dig into Evan Corcoran’s notes that reportedly show Trump was warned about keeping classified documents. Could this blow up his Mar-a-Lago defense?
23/05/2023 • 33 minutes 28 seconds
An Incriminating Town Hall
Did Donald Trump’s comments at last week’s town hall put him in even greater legal jeopardy? MSNBC legal analysts Andrew Weissmann and Mary McCord weigh in on what he said that could hurt him.
15/05/2023 • 31 minutes 37 seconds
$5 million In damages
Donald Trump has made history yet again, becoming the first former president to be found liable for sexual abuse and defamation. The jury rejected E. Jean Carroll’s rape claim but ordered Trump to pay $5 million in damages. MSNBC legal analysts Andrew Weissmann and Mary McCord tell us what this unprecedented verdict means for the ex-president.
10/05/2023 • 35 minutes 1 second
Fani Willis’ Immunity Deals
At least 8 of Georgia’s “fake electors” have received immunity deals as part of Fulton County DA Fani Willis’ 2020 election probe. MSNBC legal analysts Andrew Weissmann and Mary McCord tell us what that could mean for Donald Trump and a possible second indictment. Plus, Trump will not testify in the E. Jean Carroll civil rape case as closing arguments begin. We’ll get into what could be behind his decision.
08/05/2023 • 34 minutes 18 seconds
Mike Pence Testifies
Despite Donald Trump’s objections, Mike Pence testified before the Jan. 6th grand jury for several hours last week. But if you strip away the insurrection and the attempt to overturn the election, did Trump also try to solicit a crime of violence against Pence himself? MSNBC legal analysts Andrew Weissmann and Mary McCord get into that and what it could all mean for Special Counsel Jack Smith’s investigation.
01/05/2023 • 33 minutes 24 seconds
E. Jean Carroll v. Trump
Trump’s legal woes deepening with a civil rape case getting underway in New York and a big development in Fani Willis’ Georgia investigation. MSNBC legal analysts Andrew Weissmann and Mary McCord dig into what all of that means for the former president. Plus, former House General Counsel Doug Letter joins to talk about the ex-prosecutor set to testify before Congress about Alvin Bragg’s Trump case. He has 4 decades of experience as a top DOJ attorney and several years as the top lawyer for the U.S. House of Representatives.
26/04/2023 • 52 minutes 12 seconds
The Trump Offensive
Donald Trump and his allies are escalating their attacks on Alvin Bragg, Fani Willis and Jack Smith. Would any other defendant get away with this? MSNBC legal analysts Andrew Weissmann and Mary McCord weigh in on how the prosecutors and NYC judge should handle this – and what it could mean for their cases.
18/04/2023 • 43 minutes 7 seconds
All Eyes on Jack Smith
"Now that Donald Trump has been indicted by the Manhattan D.A., attention is shifting to his other legal problems -- including Special Counsel Jack Smith’s investigations. MSNBC legal analysts Andrew Weissmann and Mary McCord discuss Smith’s recent legal wins, how he could be building his cases against Trump – and how the GA election investigation plays into all of that."
11/04/2023 • 31 minutes 11 seconds
The Manhattan Arraignment
Donald Trump became the first ex-president to be arraigned on criminal charges Tuesday. MSNBC legal analysts Andrew Weissmann and Mary McCord tell us what happened inside that Manhattan courtroom, what stood out to them in the pages of the indictment and what it all tells us about how District Attorney Alvin Bragg plans to build his case.
05/04/2023 • 58 minutes 37 seconds
The First Indictment
A Manhattan grand jury has voted to indict Donald Trump – setting a new precedent for holding American leaders accountable. But how does a prosecutor like Alvin Bragg actually convince a jury to convict a former president? MSNBC legal analysts Andrew Weissmann and Mary McCord tell us how prosecutors think about building a case against a former president.
31/03/2023 • 21 minutes 56 seconds
Prosecuting Donald Trump: A Primer
How do you build a legal case when the defendant is a former president? MSNBC legal contributors Andrew Weissmann and Mary McCord have an idea. They’re two of the most well-respected and storied prosecutors in the country – and have prosecuted historic cases from Enron to the Benghazi attack. So, they’re the perfect people to tell us how a prosecutor -- from Alvin Bragg to Fani Willis to Jack Smith – might think about prosecuting a former president.