Buried Treasure: The time the Chinese government tried to interfere in a U.S. presidential electionSkullduggery add
Co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Dan Klaidman recall the last time a foreign government attempted to meddle in a U.S. presidential election. It was back in 1996. Reuters investigative reporter Mark Hosenball joins Isikoff and Klaidman to recount the campaign finance scandal when the Chinese government, not Russia, interfered in the election between Republican candidate Bob Dole and Democratic candidate President Bill Clinton.
“I believe you have some information for us”Skullduggery add
Co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Dan Klaidman break down the latest news coming out of the Trump White House this week, starting with new insights into Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting at Trump Tower with a Russian lawyer on June 9, 2016. There was also a financial disclosure form from the President that lists a repaid debt of more than $100,000 to Trump’s embattled former attorney Michael Cohen. Finally, the Trump administration just abolished the job of the White House cyber czar. Isikoff and Klaidman speak with a former White House cyber coordinator, Michael Daniel and investigative reporter Mark Hosenball about all the latest developments this week.
Buried Treasure: Proximity to power — The story of Michael DeaverSkullduggery add
Long before Michael Cohen made news for cashing in on his access to President Trump, there was Michael Deaver. Deaver was an aide to President Ronald Reagan and made the cover of Time magazine, with the headline: “Who’s this man calling?: Influence peddling in Washington.” Co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Dan Klaidman rewind to the 80s and the story of Michael Deaver and what his case may tell us about what could happen to Michael Cohen.
I'm crushing it!Skullduggery add
It was a busy week in Washington. President Trump’s new lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, declared during an interview that Trump wouldn’t have to comply with a subpoena from special counsel Robert Mueller. Gina Haspel, President Trump’s nominee to lead the CIA, appeared before the Senate Intelligence Committee and faced tough questions about torture. Finally, it was revealed that Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, received millions from companies, after he sold them on the fact that he had direct access to the president. Co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Dan Klaidman break all this news down with national security expert and University of Texas School of Law professor Stephen Vladeck and Ali Soufan, a former FBI agent who blew the whistle on torture in the intelligence community.
Buried Treasure: The drone strike controversySkullduggery add
Co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Dan Klaidman take a look back at the drone wars that began during the Obama administration and have continued during the Trump administration. Why isn’t anyone still talking about drone strikes? Isikoff and Klaidman discuss the issue of drone strikes in the Obama and Trump administrations and why the coverage of this issue has dwindled over the years.
An Ex-CIA director's advice: Do not serve this presidentSkullduggery add
Co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Dan Klaidman sit down with General Michael Hayden, former director of the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency, to discuss the current challenges facing the intelligence community in President Trump’s administration as well as his new book, “The Assault on Intelligence: American National Security in an Age of Lies.” Isikoff and Klaidman also speak with New York Times Washington correspondent Michael Schmidt about his recent article that revealed special counsel Robert Mueller’s list of questions for President Trump.
Skullduggery Live!Skullduggery add
Co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Dan Klaidman host a new episode of the podcast in front of a live audience at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., joins the show to discuss the latest developments from the Senate Intelligence Committee’s ongoing investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential elections. A panel of journalists also take the stage for an engaging conversation about the media’s coverage of the Russia investigation and answer questions from the audience.
Buried Treasure: The pardon of Scooter LibbySkullduggery add
After the news broke of President Trump’s pardon of Scooter Libby, co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Dan Klaidman take a look back at the Scooter Libby trial with Peter Zeidenberg, one of the former prosecutors who brought the case against Libby. Zeidenberg talks about the decision to prosecute Libby in the first place, his reaction to Trump’s pardon, and what kind of message the president may be sending with this decision.
With all due respect...Skullduggery add
Co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Dan Klaidman examine the week’s news, starting with the “confusion” between U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley and President Trump over the announcement of new sanctions on Russia. They speak with Ambassador Daniel Fried, a former sanctions expert in the Obama administration, about these recent developments and the importance of sanctions against Russia. Klaidman and Isikoff also sit down with Adam Davidson of The New Yorker to discuss the latest developments in the Michael Cohen saga, including Davidson’s latest article on the subject, “Michael Cohen and the End State of the Trump Presidency.”
Buried Treasure: The case of Michael Abbell and the Cali cartelSkullduggery add
Co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Dan Klaidman rewind to the case of former Justice Department lawyer Michael Abbell who became an attorney for an infamous Colombian drug cartel and was soon accused of lobbying for the cartels in Washington. In 1995, he was indicted by federal prosecutors for his work with the Cali cartel. His case opened the door for federal prosecutors to investigate the conduct of defense lawyers and their communication with clients when the government had evidence of that crimes were committed. It’s a case that has new relevance as Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, continues to make news.
The Comey blitzkriegSkullduggery add
Co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Dan Klaidman speak with the former director of Public Affairs in the Obama Justice Department, Matt Miller, about former FBI Director James Comey’s upcoming new book and how it might affect the Trump administration. Randy Credico, comedian and friend of Roger Stone, also returns to the podcast to talk about the latest in the Russia investigation and whether or not he may be called to testify by the special counsel.
Buried Treasure: President Johnson discovers Nixon’s Vietnam collusionSkullduggery add
Co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Dan Klaidman head back to 1968, when President Lyndon B. Johnson’s administration discovered alarming intelligence that the Nixon’s presidential campaign had been secretly communicating with South Vietnam and its president, telling them to back out of a peace deal to end the Vietnam War. Isikoff and Klaidman discuss these events of 1968 and how that moment in history may echo the current reports of the Trump campaign’s contact with Russia.
Brennan under attackSkullduggery add
Co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Dan Klaidman catch up with former CIA station chief Daniel Hoffman about former CIA Director John Brennan’s recent Twitter attack against President Trump. Hoffman disagrees with his former boss and claims Brennan’s tweets only help Putin’s efforts to divide the country. Isikoff and Klaidman also talk with legal analyst Michael Zeldin about the latest developments in the Mueller investigation.
Buried Treasure: MLK and J. Edgar Hoover — A former FBI agent’s unique insights into the feud between the two menSkullduggery add
Fifty years ago, on April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr., who preached nonviolent resistance to oppression and war, was shot to death in Memphis. Co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Dan Klaidman take a look back at King’s relationship with J. Edgar Hoover and the FBI and speak to a former FBI agent with a unique perspective on the matter. Oliver “Buck” Revell was a young agent during the 1960s and had an unexpected, intimate meeting with Hoover where Hoover spoke with him at lenghth about King.
Buried Treasure: The Starr ReportSkullduggery add
After speaking with former independent counsel Ken Starr on the last Skullduggery, co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Dan Klaidman revisit the release of the Starr Report on this episode of Buried Treasure. The report was released almost 20 years ago, on September 11, 1998, and everyone was feverishly downloading it on their computers or running to get a copy. Isikoff and Klaidman discuss where they were and what they thought when they first read it. They also wonder if special counsel Mueller will release a report like the Starr Report when the Russia investigation is done.
From Monica Lewinsky to Stormy Daniels: Ken Starr weighs inSkullduggery add
As the Mueller investigation continues to face criticism from the White House and rumors of possible pardons for two former White House aides made the rounds in the news this week, co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Dan Klaidman are joined by Judge Ken Starr, a man who is very familiar with special counsel investigations and has faced tough criticism from a sitting president and the media. What does Judge Starr think of the Mueller investigation? Should the recent revelations about Stormy Daniels also be included in the investigation?
Do Not CongratulateSkullduggery add
Co-hosts Dan Klaidman and Michael Isikoff discuss the week in White House controversy: President Trump’s penchant for typos, leaked briefing materials urging the president not to congratulate Vladimir Putin on his recent electoral victory and breaking news of John Dowd resigning his position as Trump’s lead lawyer for the special counsel investigation. Michael Isikoff interviews Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, and Evelyn Farkas, former deputy assistant secretary of defense for Russia/Ukraine/Eurasia.
Buried Treasure: A murdered spy’s widow speaks out against PutinSkullduggery add
Co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Dan Klaidman speak with Marina Litvinenko, the widow of murdered Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko, about the recent poisoning attack against Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the U.K. Litvinenko revealed to Skullduggery that after her husband’s death, Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May promised this type of attack would never happen again. But, as the investigation continues into the attack on Skripal, it appears to Litvinenko that Putin has struck again.
An Inside look at ‘Russian Roulette’Skullduggery add
On a special edition of Skullduggery, Dan Klaidman sits down with his co-host Michael Isikoff and Mother Jones' David Corn in front of an audience at the Build Studios in New York for an interesting discussion of Isikoff and Corn’s new book, “Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin’s War on America and the Election of Donald Trump.”
Buried Treasure: Talking to the portraitsSkullduggery add
Co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Dan Klaidman take a look back at President Richard Nixon’s interesting habit of roaming the halls of the White House, “talking to the portraits” of the leaders who came before him, at the end of his troubled presidency. It is a story that was recounted in Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward’s book, “The Final Days,” about Nixon’s fall from office. Isikoff and Klaidman also discuss whether Nixon’s “talking to the portraits” reminds them in some ways of Trump’s habit of taking to Twitter to express his thoughts and frustrations with the current political climate.