Trump's Trials
Trump's Trials

Trump's Trials

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Reporting and analysis on the inquiries, trials, and criminal probes facing former President Donald Trump. From the Jan. 6 insurrection and Georgia election interference, to the ongoing question of classified documents - and beyond - host Scott Detrow, political editor Domenico Montanaro and legal experts dive deep every week to explore the news inside the courtrooms and the stakes for American democracy.

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Trump's classified documents case is dismissed - what happens next?
JUL 20, 2024
Trump's classified documents case is dismissed - what happens next?
For this episode of Trump's Trials, host Scott Detrow speaks with Constitutional expert Kim Wehle.

Federal Judge Aileen Cannon dismissed former President Donald Trump's classified documents case on Monday. Cannon ruled the appointment of Jack Smith to special counsel was unconstitutional and therefore the indictment should be dismissed. Trump faced 40 felony counts for allegedly taking classified material and obstructing the government's efforts to retrieve them. Special Counsel Jack Smith has already filed an appeal — and this could very likely make its way to the Supreme Court.

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Trump's classified documents case has been dismissed by judge
JUL 15, 2024
Trump's classified documents case has been dismissed by judge
For this episode of Trump's Trials, All Things Considered's Ailsa Chang speaks with NPR's Greg Allen and Carrie Johnson.

Federal Judge Aileen Cannon has dismissed former President Donald Trump's classified documents case in Florida. The ruling argued that the initial appointment of Special Counsel Jack Smith was unconstitutional. Most legal observers saw the case as the one with the most clear-cut evidence against him.

The ruling comes after months of delays from Cannon, a judge nominated by Trump, who has come under increasing scrutiny for how she has handled this case.

Topics include:
- how Judge Cannon explained her ruling
- reaction from Trump and his team
- where the other three criminal cases against Trump stand

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The Supreme Court's immunity ruling complicates all the cases against Trump
JUL 6, 2024
The Supreme Court's immunity ruling complicates all the cases against Trump
For this episode of Trump's Trials, host Domenico Montanaro speaks with former deputy assistant attorney general Harry Litman.

The Supreme Court's landmark decision on presidential immunity is complicating all of the pending legal cases against former President Donald Trump. Even the hush money trial where he was already convicted is getting a second look to determine what, if any, evidence violates the Supreme Court's ruling.

Topics include:
- Reaction to immunity decision
- How decision affects Trump's legal cases

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Nixon attorney: "Richard Nixon would have had a pass" with this Supreme Court
JUL 2, 2024
Nixon attorney: "Richard Nixon would have had a pass" with this Supreme Court
For this episode of Trump's Trials, All Things Considered host Ailsa Chang speaks with NPR Justice Correspondent Carrie Johnson.

In 1974 the Supreme Court unanimously ruled in United States v. Nixon, that Nixon must to comply with a subpoena and hand over his White House tapes. It was a blow to Nixon's presidency and two weeks later he resigned from office. But what would've happened if today's Supreme Court was on the bench in 1974? Carrie Johnson spoke with people involved in Watergate to find out.

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