With the report due out today of the investigation by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III into Russian election interference, there is one podcast I will be watching for its next episode to come out.
Called Talking Feds, the weekly podcast is a roundtable discussion among well-known former federal prosecutors who discuss and analyze high-profile criminal cases in the news — most often the juggernaut that is the Mueller probe.
The show is hosted by Harry Litman, a former U.S. attorney in Pennsylvania and deputy assistant attorney who is now of counsel to the San Francisco law firm Constantine Cannon, where he focuses on the False Claims Act. He also teaches constitutional law and national security law at the University of California at Los Angeles School of Law and the University of California at San Diego Department of Political Science and is a contributing columnist for The Washington Post.
Joining Litman each week is a rotating panel of lawyers who are all former U.S. attorneys, assistant U.S. attorneys, or Justice Department attorneys. Their insiders’ perspectives on federal prosecutions and investigations are frank and fascinating.
The show launched in March and no doubt realized it had audience-building gold in the Mueller investigation, because every episode since, save one, has focused on some facet of it, including this week’s, which looks at what to expect from the Mueller report and then takes up the Assange case.
Among the most-interesting episodes so far is The Mueller We Know. Each of the three panelists for this episode worked at length under Mueller when he was U.S. attorney and F.B.I. director. The three — Melinda Haag, a supervisor under Mueller when he was U.S. attorney for the Northern District of California in San Francisco and who later held that office herself; Martha Boersch, a federal prosecutor in the San Francisco U.S. attorney’s office from 1992 to 2004; and Candace Kelly, former chief of the Special Prosecutions and National Security Unit in that office — offer personal assessments of Mueller’s work style and decision-making process.
I’ll be awaiting the next episode to get the feds’ take on today’s news. Meanwhile, if you are new to the show, why not spend the day binge-listening? There are only eight episodes to catch up on.