An inside look at the intelligence community, Russia and the mystery of magicSkullduggery add
While at the Aspen Security Forum a few weeks ago, co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Dan Klaidman sat down with John McLaughlin, former Deputy Director of the CIA and Acting Director of the CIA, to discuss what’s going on in the intelligence community, Trump dealing with Putin’s Russia and the best tricks of his magic career.
What’s really going on in U.S.-Russia relations?Skullduggery add
Co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Dan Klaidman speak with two guests who have some very interesting insights into this very question. The Atlantic’s Natasha Bertrand recently exposed how the Department of Homeland Security is detaining Russian dissidents in the U.S. based on phony red notices and Samantha Vinograd is a former member of President Obama’s National Security Council who worked closely on the aborted Russian reset policy.
The impeachment electionSkullduggery add
Co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Dan Klaidmain sit down with former Trump adviser Sam Nunberg, who despite being fired by Trump four times, is working one more time to help President Trump in this year’s congressional elections. What’s his new plan and why does he keep going back to Trump world?
“Who is minding the store?”Skullduggery add
It’s a Skullduggery first as co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Dan Klaidman sat down with a former member of the Trump administration, Tom Bossert, for an interview from the Aspen Security Forum in Aspen, Colo. Bossert served as President Trump’s first Homeland Security adviser until he was pushed out in April 2018. Isikoff and Klaidman also caught up Bill Browder in Aspen to get the full story on how he became Vladimir Putin’s bete noire.
Buried Treasure: A Trump adviser, a Yahoo News story and an FBI secret warrantSkullduggery add
Over the weekend, co-host Michael Isikoff found one of his stories from September of 2016 back in the news as the FBI released more than 400 pages of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act documents relating to Carter Page. Isikoff and co-host Dan Klaidman revisit the story and why another one of Isikoff’s story has once again appeared in one of these documents.
The Trump mystery: Pathology or kompromatSkullduggery add
Skullduggery is on the road at the Aspen Security Forum at the Aspen Institute in Colorado. Co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Dan Klaidman sit down with Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., and Victoria Nuland, former Assistant Secretary of Sate for European and Eurasian Affairs, to discuss the latest news from this fascinating forum, the fallout from the Trump/Putin Helsinki summit and the possibility of a second meeting between the two leaders.
Buried Treasure: Obama’s hot mic moment with a Russian presidentSkullduggery add
As President Trump prepares to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Dan Klaidman look back at President Obama’s infamous open mic moment in 2012 with another Russian President, Dmitry Medvedev.
The battle over KavanaughSkullduggery add
As Congress gears up for Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation battle, co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Dan Klaidman are joined by Timothy Flanigan and Nan Aron to discuss Trump’s Supreme Court pick and the upcoming confirmation hearings. Flanigan is a former deputy White House counsel during the early years of the Bush administration and worked with Kavanaugh and Nan Aron currently serves as the president of the Alliance for Justice.
Buried Treasure: “Here ruining people is considered sport”Skullduggery add
Co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Dan Klaidman rewind back to July 1993 when deputy White House counsel Vince Foster was found dead in a park in Northern Virginia. A torn-up suicide note was found in his briefcase that said, “Here ruining people is considered sport.” Foster’s suicide spawned conspiracy theories that he had been murdered. But those conspiracy theories were debunked in a report written by a young lawyer working for Whitewater independent counsel Ken Starr. That lawyer, who later became a judge, is now on President Trump’s list of Supreme Court nominees: Brett Kavanaugh.
“Finish it the hell up”Skullduggery add
Co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Dan Klaidman are joined by Phil Lacovara, the former counsel to the Watergate special prosecutor, about Robert Mueller’s months-long Russia investigation. Isikoff and Klaidman also speak with Dan Pfieffer, former communications director under President Obama, about the insidious role he sees Fox News playing in President Trump’s White House. Yahoo News National Correspondent Alex Nazaryan also drops by to discuss Trump’s possible U.S. Supreme Court justice pick.
Buried Treasure: How a few tokes changed historySkullduggery add
Co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Dan Klaidman rewind to the Reagan era to discuss how Judge Douglas Ginsburg’s Supreme Court nomination was derailed, and how it ultimately led to the nomination of Justice Anthony Kennedy to the Supreme Court. Isikoff and Klaidman talk about how decisions on hot-button issues such as abortion and gay marriage may have looked differently if Ginsburg had been appointed instead of Kennedy.
Before their rear end hits the chairSkullduggery add
Co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Dan Klaidman are joined by Ron Klain, a Washington, D.C. lawyer and veteran of Democratic administrations, to discuss how Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement impacts the balance of the Supreme Court. Isikoff and Klaidman also talk with David Sanger, a New York Times national security correspondent and senior writer, about the upcoming summit between President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Buried Treasure: Unindicted co-conspiratorsSkullduggery add
Co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Dan Klaidman rewind back to the Watergate saga to examine the indictment of seven Nixon aides on charges of conspiracy on Watergate. There was also an unindicted co-conspirator in the case that was kept from the public— President Nixon himself. Why was he unindicted and why was it kept secret? Isikoff and Klaidman discuss these questions and what this could mean for Mueller’s Russia investigation.
Lying through their teethSkullduggery add
Co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Dan Klaidman are joined by Jeh Johnson, former Secretary of Homeland Security in the Obama administration, to discuss the challenges he faced handling illegal immigration during his tenure and how it differs from the current administration’s policy. Isikoff and Klaidman also check in with Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., about the latest in the Russia investigation.
Buried Treasure: Seymour Hersh on breaking the biggest stories of our timeSkullduggery add
Legendary investigative reporter Seymour Hersh sits down with co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Dan Klaidman to talk about his new book, “Reporter: A Memoir” and gives behind-the-scenes accounts of breaking some of the most epic stories of our time.
“We had a suspect”Skullduggery add
Co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Dan Klaidman sit down with former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper to discuss his latest book, “Facts and Fears: Hard Truths from a Life in Intelligence.” Clapper reveals to Isikoff and Klaidman that by the time he left office in Jan. 2017, intelligence officials were “pretty confident” that they had identified a suspect responsible for the hacked emails to WikiLeaks. Yahoo News White House Correspondent Hunter Walker also joins the podcast to discuss the latest from the Trump White House and the big news on the president’s birthday.
Buried Treasure: The press vs. the presidentSkullduggery add
After the news broke that federal prosecutors secretly seized emails and phone records from New York Times reporter Ali Watkins, co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Dan Klaidman examine other instances where this has happened in past administrations. They speak with The Intercept’s James Risen about his experience as a New York Times reporter when his records were seized by the Obama administration. Isikoff and Klaidman also sit down with Obama chief of public affairs Matt Miller, who was in the administration when they seized Risen’s records, to discuss why administrations use this tactic against journalists.
What if we were wrong?Skullduggery add
Co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Dan Klaidman discover the answer to this question when they speak with President Obama’s former deputy national security adviser, Ben Rhodes, about his new book, “The World as It Is: A Memoir of the Obama White House.” Isikoff and Klaidman also chat with J.D. Gordon, a former Trump adviser, who met with special counsel Robert Mueller’s team and described the Russia investigation as a “nightmare.”
Buried Treasure: Can the president be indicted?Skullduggery add
As the debate continues about whether special counsel Robert Mueller can bring charges against President Trump, co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Dan Klaidman turn back the clock 20 years and discuss another time when the same debate was happening. Will Mueller use Ken Starr’s decisions as a guide for the current investigation?
The President and his PrincelingsSkullduggery add
While President Trump is in delicate negotiations with China over trade and security, Ivanka Trump’s company has recently been granted seven trademarks by an arm of the Chinese government. Is there a connection? The president of Ivanka’s company says no. But these trademarks are raising questions from Washington watchdog groups. Co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Dan Klaidman talk with Norm Eisen, a senior fellow at Brookings and chair of the government watchdog group CREW, about these developments. They also check in with Yahoo News White House correspondent Hunter Walker about his experience thus far covering the president.