July 26, 2018

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Today’s Rapid Response Friday breaks down all of a busy week’s developments in the Trump Administration’s trip up Yodel Mountain, including the surprising revelation that Michael Cohen has audio tapes of his conversations with Donald Trump. What does it all mean? Listen and find out!

We begin, however, with a challenging listener question regarding legal ethics and summer associates that hearkens back to our last episode.

The main segment tackles an entire week’s worth of yodeling, including the Cohen tapes, the emoluments lawsuit, and the Manafort trial. Phew!

After that, we check in with our buddy Andrew Seidel from the FFRF about a recent victory in the 9th Circuit regarding prayers at public school board meetings.

Finally, we end with an all new Thomas Takes The Bar Exam #86 involving the questionable sale of a used car.

Show Notes & Links

  1. Don’t forget to tune in to our live Q&A this Tuesday, 7/31, at 7 pm Eastern / 4 Pacific. And, of course, participate in the questions thread!
  2. Here’s the Reuters report that there are 12 Cohen-Trump tapes; we’ve heard just part of the first one regarding Karen McDougal, whom we first discussed back in Episode 158.
  3. You can read the Emoluments ruling for yourself; we covered this most recently back in Episodes 160 and 162. For our original two-part interview with Seth Barrett Tillman, check out Episodes 35 and 36.
  4. Some documents from the Manafort trial: 2018.07.22 Yanukovich govt response; 2018.07.20 Yanukovich motion in limine; 2018.07.25 orders on motions in limine; and 2018.07.26 government jury response. And, of course, you should take a look at the government’s Exhibit List.
  5. We discussed the “Bernie Sanders” lawsuit against the DNC back in Episode 106.
  6. Finally, for some good news, check out the 9th Circuit’s opinion in FFRF v. Chino Valley Unified School District ; we discussed Town of Greece v. Galloway in Episode 85.

Law Talkin' Stuff

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  • [00:00:00] Intro
  • [00:02:20] Check out Thomas' other podcast Serious Inquires Only and his recent interviews with Zerin Firoze and Callie Wright
  • [00:04:55] Listener Questions: Clarification on last week's question about ethical issues encountered in a summer internship
  • [00:11:35] Yodel Mountain: Michael Cohen's tapes released
    • [00:12:25] One party or two party consent state
    • [00:15:50] Attorney Client Privilege and bad facts
    • [00:28:00] Does the change anything
  • [00:31:18] Commercial
  • [00:33:12] Impeaching Rod Rosenstein
  • [00:35:25] Emoluments Lawsuit
  • [00:42:40] Seth Barrett Tillman's opinion addressed in the opinion
  • [00:45:30] Andrew Was Wrong: Manafort's trail was was granted continuance
  • [00:50:15] Andrew Was Right: Motion in limine in Manaforts trail
  • [00:54:15] Exhibit List and Tad Devine's link to Paul Manafort
  • [01:09:30] FFRF v. Chino Valley Unified School District victory
  • [01:12:00] Patron Hall of Fame
  • [01:19:00] Thomas Takes the Bar Exam: Contracts Question involving the questionable sale of a used car
  • [01:24:00] Outro

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