OA298: Hope Hicks & Weaponized Ticks

Today’s episode tackles the recently-released trove of unredacted documents in the Southern District of New York in Michael Cohen’s case and explains why Hope Hicks might have been ensnared by America’s greatest legal mind, Stormy Daniels. Oh, and have you heard that the Congress ordered the DOJ to investigate… whether the military weaponized ticks and if so, whether those ticks were released against Americans? It’s a weird story that can’t possibly be true… can it?

We begin, however, with the resolution to last episode’s #T3BE (formerly #TTTBE) controversy regarding the definition and conditions required for assault. Learn the results of whether “hissing” constitutes a physical threat… and whether that even matters!

Then, it’s time for long trip up Yodel Mountain. We begin by discussing the… conclusion? of the citizenship question and Andrew lets you know what’s still to come in those cases. After that, it’s time to discuss the House’s resolution of criminal contempt against Bill Barr and Wilbur Ross, and what that likely means going forward. And while we’re still on Yodel Mountain… hey, how about those Michael Cohen docs? Now that the other cases have been concluded, the judge ordered the Cohen search warrants to be released in (mostly) unredacted form, and you won’t believe what they show.

After all that, it’s time for the segment you’ve all been waiting for: WEAPONIZED TICKS. This is a segment so powerful, you won’t believe it (and we won’t spoil it here in the show notes)!

And then it’s time for a new #T3BE involving the rules of evidence and an oral contract. Think you have what it takes to hang with Thomas? Play along online by sharing out this episode, using our new hashtag, #T3BE, and we will reward one winner with Never Ending Fame & Fortune (TM).

Appearances

Andrew was a guest on the latest episode of the Left at the Valley podcast discussing abortion, as well as the most recent episode of Mueller, She Wrote talking.. well, pretty much everything!

Show Notes & Links

  1. It’s not too late! Click here to get tickets for the Opening Arguments LIVE SHOW, live in New York City on August 10th.
  2. If you want to read the Cohen docs yourself, they’re linked here.

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OA290: Executive Privilege, Hope Hicks & Don McGahn

Today’s episode takes a deep dive into executive privilege, evaluating the legal arguments being raised by the Trump administration asserting executive privilege over former communications director Hope Hicks and former counsel Don McGahn. Find out how good those arguments are — spoiler: some aren’t terrible! — and what’s next for the Congressional Democrats.

First, though, we begin with coverage of the American Legion v. American Humanist Ass’n decision from last week; that’s the Bladensburg Cross case that we’ve discussed at some length on this show. How bad is this decision? (Bad.)

Then, it’s time for the intersection of Rapid Response Friday and Deep Dive Tuesday in which we time travel all the way back to 1971 to evaluate the Trump Administration’s claims regarding executive privilege “over the last five decades.” As you’ve come to expect from OA, we tell you what the administration got right… and, of course, what they got wrong. If you want to know if and when Congress will ever get meaningful testimony out of Hope Hicks or Don McGahn, you need to listen to this show.

Then, it’s time for the answer to TTTBE #131 about the propriety of a specific question during cross-examination of a witness who testified as to the defendant’s “reputation for honesty.” If you love the Federal Rules of Evidence — and really, who doesn’t? — you’ll love this segment.

Appearances

None! If you’d like to have either of us as a guest on your show, drop us an email at openarguments@gmail.com.

Show Notes & Links

  1. We first discussed the Bladensburg Cross case in Episode 256 with Sarah Henry of the AHA, and then got first-hand testimony about the oral argument in Episode 274 with Monica Miller.
  2. Click here to read the full Supreme Court opinion in American Legion v. American Humanist Ass’n. If you missed our coverage of Masterpiece Cakeshop, check out Episode 180.
  3. We first broke down the importance of Hope Hicks to the Congressional investigations in Episode 259; and you can click here to read the letter and subpoena she received from Rep. Nadler.
  4. NPR confirmed that Hicks’s testimony was carefully managed by White House lawyers (and was therefore worthless).
  5. Click here to read Rehnquist’s 1971 memorandum on executive privilege, and click here to read how President Clinton’s OLC cited that memo 25 years later.
  6. Finally, this is Committee on the Judiciary v. Miers, 558 F.Supp.2d 53 (2008), the district court opinion Andrew breaks down on the show.

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