P&P Live!: Jeffrey Toobin – True Crimes and Misdemeanors: The Investigation of Donald Trump – in conversation with Carol Leonnig
Donald Trump’s campaign chairman went to jail. So did his personal lawyer. His long-time political consigliere was convicted of serious federal crimes, and his national security advisor pled guilty to others. Several Russian spies were indicted in absentia. Career intelligence agents and military officers were alarmed enough by the president’s actions that they alerted senior government officials and ignited the impeachment process.
Yet despite all this, a years-long inquiry led by special counsel Robert Mueller, and the third impeachment of a president in American history, Donald Trump survived to run for re-election. Why? True Crimes and Misdemeanors is a revelatory narrative that makes sense of the seemingly endless chaos of the Trump years.
Jeffrey Toobin is chief legal analyst at CNN and a staff writer at The New Yorker. He is the author of several bestselling books, including American Heiress, The Oath, The Nine, and The Run of His Life, which was the basis for American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson, the acclaimed FX Networks limited series. A Vast Conspiracy, his book about the Bill Clinton/Monica Lewinsky scandal, will be the basis of the 2021 installment of American Crime Story.
Carol Leonnig is a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter who has worked at The Washington Post since 2000. She won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for her work on security failures and misconduct inside the Secret Service. She reports on Donald Trump’s presidency and investigates Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Leonnig is also an on-air contributor to NBC News and MSNBC.
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