Stay Tuned with Preet

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Join former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara for a podcast about justice and fairness.


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The Paradox of Dick Cheney (with Adam McKay)

The interview was taped on 2/5/19. Adam McKay is an Oscar award-winning director and screenwriter. He was a writer for Saturday Night Live and one of the earliest members of Upright Citizens Brigade, a renown improvisational and sketch comedy group. McKay’s films include The Big Short, Anchorman I and II, and Stepbrothers. His most recent film is Vice, a biopic of Dick Cheney. Preet and McKay discuss: McKay’s extensive research into Dick and Liz Cheney’s psychology and presentation The lasting effect of the Bush presidency on American politics and policyHow Cheney carved out an unprecedented role for the Vice President, using his subordinate status to command control McKay’s background in comedy, and how it influences his craft From the Q&A portion of the episode: Jeff Bezos’ post in Medium, “No thank you, Mr. Pecker.”The non-prosecution agreement between American Media, Inc. (AMI) and SDNY.An article in The Daily Beast reporting that Michael Sanchez, the brother of Bezos’ mistress, is the leaker.A report from NBC News on Senator Burr’s comments concerning the possibility of collusion between Trump campaign and Russia, plus Senator Warner’s dispute.An article in NYT on El Chapo’s trial and verdict.  Presiding Judge Cogan’s response to the El Chapo jury verdict. From the interview:McKay’s movies: Vice (2018), Anchorman (2004), Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006), Bad Blood (upcoming)Michael Bay’s movie, Pearl Harbor (2001)Alfonso Cuarón’s, Roma (2018) Fox’s Tucker Carlson 2018 segment on “Sex-Crazed” Pandas Jane Mayer’s book, The Dark Side: The Insider Story of How the War on Terror Turned into a War on American IdealsBarton Gellman’s book, Angler: The Cheney Vice PresidentMichael Isikoff and David Corn’s book, Hubris: The Insider Story of Spin, Scandal, and the Selling of the Iraq WarRon Suskind’s three books on the Bush yearsGarrett Epps' analysis in the Atlantic on the Unitary Executive Theory originChristian Bale’s 2019 Golden Globes speech where he thanked Satan An article in NBC News on Cheney embracing his Darth Vader nicknameAn article in The Atlantic on the relationship between Presidents and think tanksStay Tuned with Preet interviews: Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and journalist John CarreyrouFRD’s 1936 speech announcing the Second New Deal, where he famously said, “I welcome their hatred.” Read his full remarks here. George W. Bush dancing on Ellen (watch the opening) Documentary, The Act of Killing (2012)An article in The Atlantic recounting George H.W. Bush’s and Ford’s respective criticisms of Cheney and Rumsfeld An article in The Hill reporting that Cheney still has not apologized to the man he shot (though the survivor has apologized to Cheney)An article in NYT recounting Cheney’s proposal to bomb Syria in 2007 An article in Time on President Bush’s decision to not pardon Scooter Libby Shakespeare’s King LearA retrospective on the history of the Upright Citizens Brigade An article in NYT on Director Mike Leigh’s unconventional method of screenwritingAn article in NYT on the different phrasing used by political parties, i.e. “estate tax” vs. “death tax”  Do you have a question for Preet? Tweet it to @PreetBharara with the hashtag #askpreet, email, or call 699-247-7338 and leave a voicemail.


CAFE Insider: Bezos, AMI, and TMI

In this clip from the latest episode of the CAFE Insider podcast, Preet and his co-host Anne Milgram discuss whether American Media, Inc.’s threat to publish Jeff Bezos’ intimate texts and photos constitutes as extortion. To listen to the full episode, become a member of CAFE Insider at  Supplemental materials and references made in the episode:Jeff Bezos’ post in Medium, “No thank you, Mr. Pecker”Bezos’ hired investigator, Gavin De Becker, comments on AMI’s possible “political motive” to leak.  The extortion statute, 18 U.S.C. 875(d)The September 2018 non-prosecution agreement between American Media, Inc. (AMI) and SDNY.An interview on ABC’s “This Week” with Elkan Abramowitz, the attorney representing AMI CEO David Pecker. Transcript here.Jeffrey Toobin’s analysis in the New Yorker of Gawker’s collapse and its implications for the First Amendment.The Daily Beast article reporting that Michael Sanchez, the brother of Bezos’ mistress, Lauren Sanchez, gave the couple’s intimate texts to the National Enquirer.  Preet and Anne also discuss Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker’s testimony before the House Judiciary Committee, the House Intelligence Committee’s new expansive investigation into Russia and Trump’s financial dealings, and a clue about “the Heart” of Mueller’s investigation revealed in Paul Manafort’s latest hearing.  To listen to the full episode, become a member of CAFE Insider at


Master of the Senate (with Harry Reid)

HARRY REID SHOW NOTES Interview taped on 2/1/19. Harry Reid is the former Democratic Senate Majority Leader. His decades long career in public service includes two terms as a Congressman for Nevada, city attorney for Henderson, Nevada’s Lieutenant Governor, and a stint as the chairman of the Nevada Gaming Commission.  In a wide ranging conversation, Sen. Reid reflects on his upbringing, career milestones, the five presidents he has served, his former colleagues, and this political moment in history. He also looks forward to 2020, offering guidance to presidential candidates.  Various references made in the episode:Reid’s book, The Good Fight: Hard Lessons from Searchlight to WashingtonThe nail-biting 2006 night when the Democrats took the SenateFormer Senator Daniel Inouye’s funeral Reid’s description of Trump as amoral and the spike in dictionary searches for ‘amoral’Intelligence chiefs' testimony before the Senate on 2/6/19 Bill Moyer’s program comparing President Carter to President ReaganSpeaker Pelosi and Senator Schumer’s scrutinized visit to the Oval Office Former Senator Arlen Specter switches parties Former Senator Jim Jeffords’ switches partiesThe dedication of the Mike O’Callaghan – Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge In the Q&A portion of the episode, Preet answers your questions about the subpoena issued to Trump’s Inaugural Committee, why some judges retire early, and why a defendant may waive his or her right to a speedy trial. NYT article, Trump Inaugural Committee Ordered to Hand Over Documents to Federal InvestigatorsA NYT article referring to Cohen’s meetings with SDNY prosecutorsThe Special Counsel’s motion in the Roger Stone case asking the court to exclude time from the speedy trial clock.Former Senator Ted Stevens request for a speedy trialA Bloomberg report that prosecutors have “several terabytes” of Stone’s information to sort though Do you have a question for Preet? Tweet it to @PreetBharara with the hashtag #askpreet, email, or call 699-247-7338 and leave a voicemail


Winning in the Age of Trump & Twitter (with David Frum)

Interview taped on 1/29/19.   David Frum is a senior editor at the Atlantic, and author of nine books, most recentlyTrumpocracy: The Corruption of the American Republic. He served as a speechwriter and special assistant to the George W. Bush, and served as a senior adviser to Rudy Giuliani’s presidential campaign. On this episode of Stay Tuned, Preet and David cover a wide range of topics, including:“Made for social media” moments and Frum’s rules for engagement on TwitterThe stability of America’s institutionsTrump’s handling of the shutdown and what it revealed about the president’s strengths and weaknessesWhat should be up for debate in modern societyThe challenges facing 2020 candidates Supplement for various references made in the episode:Frum’s twitter accountFrum’s websiteFrum’s article, Howard Schultz May Save the Democratic Party From ItselfFrum’s article, How to Build an AutocracyFrum’s article, WaterlooFrum’s book, Trumpocracy: The Corruption of the American RepublicFrum’s debate with Steve Bannon, The Rise of Populism, at Munk DebatesDaniel Boorstin's book, The Image: A Guide to Pseudo-Events in AmericaIan Bremmer’s interview on Stay TunedRep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s social media boot camp for the Democratic Caucus – read about it here.The viral video of Rep. Ocasio-Cortez dancing in college and her response as a CongressmanChief Justice John Roberts’ rebuke of Trump’s attacks on the judiciaryA Newsweek article on the ABA ratings of Trump’s judicial nomineesThe demographics of Trump judicial nomineesMitt Romney’s 47% remarkHillary Clinton’s “deplorables” remarkThe Post-ABC Tracking poll that found voters believed Trump to be more honest than ClintonPrime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King’s quintessential political statement, “conscription if necessary…not necessarily conscription”The 1992 Presidential Debate between George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Ross Perot (the specific moment Frum references starts at 50:10)The Black voter turn-out in the 2008 and 2012 elections Do you have a question for Preet? Tweet it to @PreetBharara with the hashtag #askpreet,, or call 699-247-7338 and leave a voicemail.


Sanctions, Secrets and Security (with David Cohen)

Guest: David Cohen is the former Deputy Director of the CIA and former Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence in the U.S. Department of the Treasury. He’s currently a partner at WilmerHale. *Interview taped on 1/14/19.    On this episode of Stay Tuned, Preet and David discuss: -        The latest reporting from the New York Times and the Washington Post on Trump and Russia -        The key components of a successful sanctions program and the Trump administration’s approach to Russia and North Korea -        The persisting threat of jihadist ideology -        America’s influence in the world   References made in the episode: -        David Frum’s article about issuing a subpoena to the president’s interpreter -        Vanita Gupta’s article, “Bill Barr Must Not Be Sessions 2.0 on Civil Rights” -        The Washington Post report on Trump’s private conversations with Putin -        The New York Times reporting the FBI started a counterintelligence inquiry into Trump -        Preet’s tweet on Trump and NATO -        Report that the Trump Administration decided to lift sanctions imposed on the Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska’s companies -        The SDNY’s Reza Zarrab case -        The 2018 Chicago Council on Global Affairs report, “America Engaged” -        The joint statement issued by President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un after June’s 2018 Summit in Singapore -        Trump’s declaration of love to Kim Jong Un -        John Brennan’s twitter feed -        The Wall Street Journal story on Turkey seeking the extradition of basketball player Enes Kanter   Do you have a question for Preet? Tweet it to @PreetBharara with the hashtag #askpreet, email, or call 699-247-7338 and leave a voicemail.

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CAFE Insider: Andy McCabe's...


In this clip from the CAFE Insider podcast, Preet and his co-host Anne Milgram discuss the revelations in former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe’s interview on “60 Minutes.” To listen to the full episode, become a member of CAFE Insider ...