Episode 6: Getting It Done
Season 1, Ep. 6
We’ve taken you on a Dantean journey in this series, revisiting the damage done to the Republic by the presidency of Donald Trump. Other the last five episodes, we’ve chronicled how norms were shattered; loopholes exploited; and the constitution’s ambiguities laid bare. But Jack Goldsmith and Bob Bauer, whose book “After Trump” gives the series its name, have not just catalogued damage. They’ve laid down practical plans for reconstructing the presidency.So the question now is, Can it be done?In this final episode of After Trump, we look at the prospects for the future. We examine opportunities to fix the problems exposed by Donald Trump’s tenure as President.
Episode 5: Independent Justice
Season 1, Ep. 5
It’s a cliché now that the Justice Department should be independent of the president. Everyone says it—constantly. There’s just one problem. As a legal and constitutional matter, this “independent” Justice Department is a lot of nonsense.
Episode 4: Prosecuting a President
Season 1, Ep. 4
In one sense maybe we should be thankful we’ve never had to grapple with these perplexing issues because a President has never run as wild as Trump did. But there’s a real precedent being set in the government’s approach to presidential criming.It’s not just about Mueller or Trump or Biden or Merrick Garland. It’s about renovating the whole system to make plain when and how a president is held to account.
Episode 3: Obstruction & Pardons
Season 1, Ep. 3
The pardon power was designed to be a tool for correcting wrongs. Any system of justice applied to a whole nation is going to have failures. A pardon is there to correct miscarriages of justice—and injustice. It was always believed that if a president abused his pardon authority, it would be so appalling to so many, at such a gut level, that the checks on the President would instantly kick in: He’s be impeached, forced to resign, voted out. Trump pushed this theory. And the results were worrisome—to say the least.
Episode 2: Enemy of the People
Season 1, Ep. 2
In this episode, we consider the problem of foreign interventions in American political campaigns—and what to do about it. And we’re also going to look at how Trump blocked and tackled the free press, especially when it reported on Trump’s foreign ties.
Episode 1: Follow the Money
Season 1, Ep. 1
In our first episode, we explore some of President Trump’s most brazen transgressions—the conflicts of interest, the self-dealing and those elusive tax returns.In the run up to his inauguration, Trump created a sort of original sin when it came to his conflicts of interest, proclaiming that he is above any conflict of interest norms and regulation. Throughout his presidency, Trump continued to challenge any transparency when it came to his personal dealings and conflicts while in office.Virginia Heffernan explains how After Trump authors Bob Bauer and Jack Goldsmith propose reforming our laws and norms on a President’s financial ties and activities while in office.
Trailer: After Trump (Starting April 8th)
After Trump, a podcast series based on the book in which authors Jack Goldsmith and Bob Bauer chronicle President Donald Trump’s historic abandonment of his constitutional duties, looks closely at the weaknesses and loopholes within the infrastructure of the office that allowed the Trump administration to undermine the U.S. system of checks and balances.After Trump takes a deep look at Goldsmith and Bauer’s prescriptions for reconstructing the presidency. Each episode presents a blueprint for what comes next — what ensuing administrations might do to restore faith and credit in the presidency — and what the whole of government should do to ensure that future presidents cannot exploit fissures in the executive branch.