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Trump Trials and Tribulations: N.Y. Trial Dispatch (May 28, 2024)

It's Trump's Trials and Tribulations, New York Trial Dispatch, May 28. Roger Parloff sat down with Benjamin Wittes, Anna Bower, Tyler McBrien, and Katerine Pompilio to discuss what happened in the courtroom today.


The podcast was edited by Noam Osband of Goat Rodeo. Our theme song is from Alibi Music.

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