The Trump Trials: Sidebar podcast

The Trump Trials: Sidebar

The Washington Post’s Libby Casey, Rhonda Colvin and James Hohmann gather for a weekly conversation about former president Donald Trump’s ongoing legal troubles. As trials loom in New York, Florida, Georgia and Washington, D.C., the team will break down the most important – and historic – twists and turns, all as Trump seeks a second term as president. The crew will sit down each Thursday (with the occasional breaking news episode) to discuss what has happened that week, and what’s coming up the next week – often with guest appearances from Washington Post reporters. Listen in to see how you can submit your own questions for the team to answer.

The Washington Post’s Libby Casey, Rhonda Colvin and James Hohmann gather for a weekly conversation about former president Donald Trump’s ongoing legal troubles. As trials loom in New York, Florida, Georgia and Washington, D.C., the team will break down the most important – and historic – twists and turns, all as Trump seeks a second term as president. The crew will sit down each Thursday (with the occasional breaking news episode) to discuss what has happened that week, and what’s coming up the next week – often with guest appearances from Washington Post reporters. Listen in to see how you can submit your own questions for the team to answer.

 

#331

Unconventional

This week, The Washington Post's Libby Casey, Rhonda Colvin and James Hohmann report from the Republican National Convention in Milwaukee, where Trump officially became the 2024 Republican presidential nominee just days after the shooting at his rally in Butler, Pa. The crew discusses Trump's nomination speech, the momentum his campaign seems to have gained, and what might happen next in the [presidential campaign] (https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2024/07/18/nancy-pelosi-biden-close-to-dropping-out/?utm_source=podcasts&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=can-he-do-that) . And Trump's [legal cases in Florida] (https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/2024/07/17/jack-smith-cannon-trump-appeal/?utm_source=podcasts&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=can-he-do-that) and New York are still delayed. Plus, [Washington Post Universe] (https://www.youtube.com/@washingtonpostuniverse) stars Dave Jorgenson and Joseph Ferguson join the show, revealing how social media has taken over political conventions. ... Read more

Yesterday

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51:09

Yesterday


#330

The Pick is In

On this special bonus episode, The Washington Post's Libby Casey, Rhonda Colvin and James Hohmann discuss the breaking news of Trump's [pick for his vice-presidential running mate] (https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2024/07/15/jd-vance-trump-vice-president-announcement/?utm_source=podcasts&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=can-he-do-that) , Ohio Sen. J.D. Vance (R). Plus, the crew dives into Judge Aileen Cannon's [decision to dismiss] (https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/2024/07/15/trump-classified-trial-dismisssed-cannon/?utm_source=podcasts&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=can-he-do-that) special counsel Jack Smith's case against Trump in Florida, where the former president is charged with illegally retaining classified documents after his presidency. ... Read more

15 Jul 2024

20 MINS

20:11

15 Jul 2024


#329

Veepstakes

On this week's episode, The Washington Post's Libby Casey sits down with Rhonda Colvin and James Hohmann to talk about the continued ripple effects of the [Supreme Court's immunity decision] (https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/2024/07/07/trump-trials-tracker-latest-news/?utm_source=podcasts&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=can-he-do-that) , which meant Trump's scheduled sentencing for his New York conviction is delayed. And it isn't just the New York case; there are also delays in his Florida and Washington, D.C. cases. Plus, the Republican National Convention is next week, and Trump still hasn't named a vice-presidential nominee. The crew previews the convention, and [who might appear onstage as Trump's running mate] (https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2024/07/09/trumps-vp-choice-may-be-down-3-heres-what-each-brings/?utm_source=podcasts&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=can-he-do-that) . ... Read more

11 Jul 2024

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39:51

11 Jul 2024


#328

Immunity

On this special bonus episode, The Washington Post's Rhonda Colvin sits down with senior video journalist JM Rieger, columnist James Hohmann, video journalist Blair Guild and law enforcement reporter Tom Jackman to discuss the [historic Supreme Court ruling] (https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2024/07/01/4-takeaways-supreme-courts-trump-immunity-decision/?utm_source=podcasts&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=can-he-do-that) that gives former president Trump – and every president – broad immunity from prosecution for official acts. The crew breaks down what the court's ruling means for [Trump and his ongoing legal cases] (https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2024/07/01/trump-immunity-supreme-court-ruling/?utm_source=podcasts&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=can-he-do-that) , what actually [constitutes an official act] (https://www.washingtonpost.com/dc-md-va/2024/07/01/trump-cases-supreme-court-immunity-ruling-whats-next/?utm_source=podcasts&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=can-he-do-that) , and how it might affect some of the charges filed against him. Plus, how does all of this affect the presidential campaign? And don't forget, the [sentencing hearing for Trump's New York case] (https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2024/05/31/trump-sentencing/?utm_source=podcasts&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=can-he-do-that) – in which he was convicted of 34 felony counts of falsifying documents – is set for next week. ... Read more

01 Jul 2024

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32:15

01 Jul 2024


#327

The age-old debate

On this week's episode, The Washington Post's Libby Casey is joined by James Hohmann, Rhonda Colvin and JM Rieger to discuss the first presidential debate. The crew breaks down [President Biden's shaky performance] (https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2024/06/28/presidential-debate-biden-analysis/?utm_source=podcasts&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=can-he-do-that) , how [Trump addressed] (https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2024/06/28/trump-debate-biden-reaction/?utm_source=podcasts&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=can-he-do-that) his felony conviction and ongoing legal issues, and how the debate could affect the presidential race. Plus, the Supreme Court has [ruled on a key case] (https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2024/06/28/supreme-court-obstruction-jan-6-trump/?utm_source=podcasts&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=can-he-do-that) brought by a Jan. 6 defendant who argued he shouldn't have been charged with obstructing an official proceeding. The crew analyzes how Trump’s legal team may use the decision to try to whittle down one of his criminal cases. ... Read more

28 Jun 2024

47 MINS

47:14

28 Jun 2024


#326

The calm before the storm

On this week's episode, the crew discusses former president Donald Trump's upcoming busy month, from Supreme Court decisions to the [first presidential debate] (https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2024/06/15/presidential-debate-cnn-rules/?utm_source=podcasts&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=can-he-do-that) . The Washington Post's Libby Casey sits down with [senior video journalist JM Rieger] (https://www.washingtonpost.com/people/jm-rieger/?utm_source=podcasts&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=can-he-do-that) to discuss the Supreme Court and several Trump-related cases [that could be decided in the coming days] (https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2024/supreme-court-cases-abortion-trump-guns/?utm_source=podcasts&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=can-he-do-that) – and how the decisions the court makes could reshape presidential power in America. Then, [national political reporter Isaac Arnsdorf ] (https://www.washingtonpost.com/people/isaac-arnsdorf/?utm_source=podcasts&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=can-he-do-that) joins the show to discuss Trump's campaign trail rhetoric, and what to expect from his debate with President Biden next week. ... Read more

20 Jun 2024

32 MINS

32:18

20 Jun 2024


#325

The Capitol Hill Club

On this week's episode, The Washington Post's Libby Casey and James Hohmann sit down with reporters Devlin Barrett and Perry Stein, co-authors of [The Trump Trials newsletter] (https://www.washingtonpost.com/newsletters/the-trump-trials/?utm_source=podcasts&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=can-he-do-that) , to discuss where things stand on former president Donald Trump's many legal issues. First up: What did Trump hope to accomplish in his first return to Capitol Hill since the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol? Plus, a breakdown of Trump's schedule over the next few months, from the sentencing hearing for his New York conviction, the upcoming debate against President Biden, and the Republican National Convention in July. And what's going on with [Trump's indictments in Florida, Georgia and Washington, D.C.] (https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/interactive/2023/trump-investigations-indictments/?utm_source=podcasts&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=can-he-do-that) ? Devlin and Perry provide insights into the motions, hearings and judicial decisions that are shaping each of Trump's cases. ... Read more

13 Jun 2024

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41:32

13 Jun 2024


#324

Fallout

The Washington Post's Libby Casey, Rhonda Colvin and James Hohmann discuss the fallout from former president Donald Trump's New York trial, in which he was found guilty of 34 felony counts of falsifying business records. In the week since his conviction, Trump has raised a huge amount of money, and received the public backing of most prominent elected Republicans. He's scheduled to be sentenced on July 11. And looming over all of it is the Supreme Court, which can't overturn Trump's New York conviction, but is still weighing his appeal that he should be immune from federal prosecution for crimes allegedly committed while president. Plus, the crew provides an update on [the other legal cases Trump still faces] (https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/interactive/2023/trump-investigations-indictments/?utm_source=podcasts&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=can-he-do-that) . Keep track of all of the Trump cases in [The Trump Trials newsletter] (https://www.washingtonpost.com/the-trump-trials/?utm_source=podcasts&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=can-he-do-that) . ... Read more

06 Jun 2024

39 MINS

39:17

06 Jun 2024


#323

Guilty

On this bonus episode, the crew reacts to the guilty verdict against Trump on 34 counts of falsifying business records to conceal a hush money payment to an adult-film actress. The Washington Post's Libby Casey and James Hohmann, with Rhonda Colvin outside the Manhattan courthouse, are joined by special guests Dan Balz, chief correspondent, and Robin Givhan, senior critic-at-large. Plus, will Trump go to jail? Can he still run for president – and can he vote for himself? Read more in [The Trump Trials newsletter] (https://www.washingtonpost.com/the-trump-trials/?utm_source=podcasts&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=can-he-do-that) , or follow our [ongoing coverage here] (https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/interactive/2023/trump-investigations-indictments/?itid=sn_trump%20hush%20money%20trial_title&utm_source=podcasts&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=can-he-do-that) . ... Read more

31 May 2024

39 MINS

39:19

31 May 2024


#322

Jury's out

This week, the crew discusses the closing arguments from both the prosecution and defense in Trump's New York trial. Justice Department reporter Perry Stein joins Libby Casey and James Hohmann in the studio, while Rhonda Colvin reports from outside the Manhattan courthouse. Plus, what were the legal instructions that Justice Juan Merchan gave the jury? And when there's a verdict, join us on [WashingtonPost.com] (www.washingtonpost.com) for live video coverage. A new episode of The Trump Trials: Sidebar will publish soon after the verdict is read, and you can keep up with The Post's ongoing coverage in [The Trump Trials newsletter] (https://www.washingtonpost.com/the-trump-trials/?utm_source=podcasts&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=can-he-do-that) . ... Read more

30 May 2024

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24:20

30 May 2024


#321

Verdict incoming

This week, the crew dives into the strongest parts of the prosecution's case against former president Donald Trump in his New York Trial – and the parts of the case that might not be as strong. Law enforcement reporters Shayna Jacobs and Devlin Barrett join the show to break down what will happen after the jury returns from a full week off from the trial: Final arguments, jury instructions, and then jury deliberations. Plus, what are the possible outcomes when the jury returns a verdict? Follow more of The Washington Post's coverage of [Trump's New York trial here] (https://www.washingtonpost.com/the-trump-trials/?utm_source=podcasts&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=can-he-do-that) . You can also sign up for The Post's weekly [Trump Trials newsletter here] (https://www.washingtonpost.com/newsletters/the-trump-trials/?utm_source=podcasts&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=can-he-do-that) . ... Read more

23 May 2024

48 MINS

48:40

23 May 2024