//  8/30/18  //  Commentary

On this week's episode of Versus Trump, Jason and Charlie talk about a case that fits our podcast on two levels: it's a lawsuit against the Trump Administration about grand jury secrecy, and any decision could impact the Mueller investigation, which is the biggest Versus Trump case of them all. As usual, you can listen online below, and subscribe via this page with any podcast player or here in iTunes. 

The two start the discussion by going back over 50 years to the unsolved disappearance of Columbia University Professor Jesus Galindez. No one was ever charged or convicted of any crime, but a grand jury was convened to hear evidence, and researcher and plaintiff Stuard McKeever wants those secret records unsealed. The Trump Administration, in a case to be heard soon by the D.C. Circuit, opposes the unsealing request on the ground that federal courts do not have any power to unseal grand jury records outside of very narrow exceptions. If the court adopts the Trump Administration's view, it will not only go against the understanding of most other courts to have looked at the question, but some commentators think it could also affect whether the press could ever see the grand jury evidence that Mueller is creating in his investigation. Jason and Charlie discuss whether they think the Trump Administration will prevail and whether it really could affect what we find out about the Mueller investigation.

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Notes

  • The Politico article by Josh Gerstein that linked this case to the Mueller investigation is here.
  • The briefing is not online at a public location, so we've uploaded the briefs for those interested:

Versus Trump: How Bad Is It?

9/6/18  //  Commentary

On this week's episode of Versus Trump, Jason and Charlie ask the question that so many of us ask frequently: how bad is the Trump Administration? Is it better or worse than we should have expected back on election night in 2016? Listen now!

Charlie Gerstein

Civil Rights Corps

Jason Harrow

Equal Citizens

Kavanaugh, Foreign Agents, and American Elections

9/5/18  //  Commentary

Because of a 2011 case called Bluman v. FEC, written by Judge Brett Kavanaugh, a great deal of electoral interference by Russian agents in 2016 may have been legally authorized

Justin Levitt

Loyola Law School

Versus Trump: Trump Versus Facebook

8/23/18  //  Commentary

On this week's episode of Versus Trump, Jason and Charlie talk about an unusual and surprising case where the Trump Administration has filed a brief in support of fair housing advocates who have sued Facebook for its part in enabling discriminatory advertising. Listen now!

Charlie Gerstein

Civil Rights Corps

Jason Harrow

Equal Citizens