Combating Division and Disinformation: What Can We Do to Heal the Wounds Trump Created? (with John Mitnick)

Renato and Patti discuss the division, strife, and distrust caused by Donald Trump and the disinformation spread by Trump and his allies, and how the nation can recover in the wake of Joe Biden's victory. They were joined by John Mitnick, former General Counsel of the Department of Homeland Security, who was fired by Trump after he reportedly pushed back against some of Trump's illegal proposals and later publicly supported Biden.


October 31, 2020

Republicans Prepare to Challenge Results: Could This Be a Repeat of Bush v. Gore? (with Trevor Potter)

Renato and Patti discussed Republican attempts to make voting more difficult and their plans to dispute the voting results. They were joined by former Federal Election Commission Chair Trevor Potter, who is the founder and president of the Campaign Legal Center.

October 14, 2020

Special Episode: Re-examining James Comey, Donald Trump, and the Clinton and Russia investigations as depicted in “The Comey Rule” (with Billy Ray, Shane Salerno, Frank Figliuzzi, Barb McQuade, Asha Rangappa, and Mimi Rocah)

Renato discussed the hit Showtime series “The Comey Rule” with Writer/Director Billy Ray and Executive Producer Shane Salerno. They discussed the Clinton and Russia investigations with special guests Frank Figliuzzi (former FBI Assistant Director for Counterintelligence), Barb McQuade (former U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan), Asha Rangappa (former FBI counterintelligence agent) and Mimi Rocah (former federal prosecutor).

October 1, 2020

Tax Avoidance: What Should We Make Of Trump's Tax Returns? (with Barb McQuade)

Renato and Patti discussed the blockbuster New York Times report discussing Donald Trump's tax returns. They were joined by MSNBC Legal Analyst Barb McQuade, former U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan.

September 19, 2020

Investigating Trump: How is Trump Compromised, and What Can We Do About It? (with Peter Strzok)

Renato and Patti discuss the counterintelligence investigation of Donald Trump, as well as the decisions in the Clinton email investigation that led to Trump's election in 2016. They were joined by former FBI agent Peter Strzok, who led both investigations.

September 15, 2020

Whistleblower Retaliation: Will His Report Matter? (with Brad Moss)

Renato and Patti discuss the recent whistleblower report alleging that the Trump White House pushed the Department of Homeland Security to downplay Russian election interference in intelligence reports. They were joined by attorney Brad Moss, who represents the whistleblower.

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“On Topic” is a podcast that provides a weekly in-depth look at a topic that helps us understand the week’s news.  Our topics can’t be covered properly in a five-minute television segment or a 280-character tweet, so we bring in experts to explain the topic in a dialogue with hosts Renato Mariotti & Patti Vasquez.