//  3/1/18  //  Commentary

On a new episode of Versus Trump, Easha, Jason, and Charlie check back in with the most politically charged of all Versus Trump suits: the Russia investigation. As usual, you can listen online below, and subscribe via this page with any podcast player or here in iTunes. UPDATED 3/3/18 with additional links.

They start the episode with some commentary on the case of Alex Van Der Zwaan, the former Skadden Arps associate who pleaded guilty to a charge of lying to the FBI. That leads to a discussion of conspiracy liability, why the charges are being brought in the way they have been, and how strange it is to charge a law firm associate with lying to the FBI. Next, the trio turn to Rick Gates's guilty plea and speculate on what it means for Paul Manafort. They end the episode with three Trump nuggets: an update on DACA, plus two responses to listener feedback: one on the power of the House to declassify information and another related to the use of firearms in suicides.  

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Links

  • The New York Times covers the Van Der Zwaan case here.
  • Reports by Zoe Tillman at BuzzFeed on the Manafort and Gates cases are here and here.
  • Jason mentioned this post on Just Security, by Bob Bauer, speculating on the charging theory in the case.
  • Radley Balko in the Washington Post covers the racial disparity in gun law prosecutions, noting that, in the federal system, the disparity is higher than for drug crimes.
  • USA Today investigates ATF sting operations and finds that they disproportionately target folks of color.
  • Here is a Journal of the American Medical Association study finding that the Brady Act had no effect on homicides and only created a decline in suicide rates for those 55 and older.
  • Information about California's Gun Violence Restraining Order program is here.

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Georgetown Law

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