John Dowd was President Trump’s lawyer during a critical time in the Mueller probe. Boy, was there a lot going on behind the scenes. A peek inside the epic battle of the presidency with the president’s attorney.

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There are 12 comments.

  1. Pat Minicucci Member

    Mr. Dowd was terrific. And Mr. York…now that’s a reporter. Just outstanding!

    • #1
    • March 29, 2019, at 1:10 PM PDT
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  2. Goldwaterwoman Thatcher

    What makes you one of, if not the, best interviewers is you ask intelligent questions and then sit back and let the person answer them without inserting your own opinion. This was absolutely fabulous. Thank you for helping us to understand what took place in the early days of this disgraceful assault on the presidency. What amazed me the most was the sneaky ease with which Rosenstein appointed the counsel to begin with and how they were able to roll Sessions. 

    • #2
    • March 29, 2019, at 3:34 PM PDT
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  3. Al Sparks Thatcher

    Because the Power Line blog linked to this episode, I finally got around to subscribing.

    Great content. And I especially like how Byron gets to the point without any chit chat at the beginning of the podcast. He’s a great interviewer.

    But, while production values were great on Byron’s end, John Dowd sounded like he was talking on a cell phone. Ideally, interviews should be conducted face to face in the same studio, though I realize that’s not practical all the time. The second best way to have a guest on a podcast is probably a high quality Skype (or equivalent) connection, and the guest should be encouraged to have a high quality mic for the interview.

    I’m sure there are some guests that that is impractacal to ask the guest to do that. For example, John Dowd doesn’t seem to be appear to be hawking a book, so he’s not making the rounds of interview shows on a regular basis, and probably can’t be bothered to make the effort to make himself sound better on the rare podcast interview.

    But some effort should be made to encourage guests to call in with quality equipment and audio connections, whether a landline or internet connection.

    I listen to podcasts on high quality noise cancelling earbuds, or if at home, high quality Bluetooth speakers. There are probably a lot of people like me. A podcast that consitently displays low production values will probably get unsubscribed.

    • #3
    • March 30, 2019, at 12:15 PM PDT
    • 1 like
  4. Blue Yeti Admin

    Al Sparks (View Comment):

    Because the Power Line blog linked to this episode, I finally got around to subscribing.

    Great content. And I especially like how Byron gets to the point without any chit chat at the beginning of the podcast. He’s a great interviewer.

    But, while production values were great on Byron’s end, John Dowd sounded like he was talking on a cell phone. Ideally, interviews should be conducted face to face in the same studio, though I realize that’s not practical all the time. The second best way to have a guest on a podcast is probably a high quality Skype (or equivalent) connection, and the guest should be encouraged to have a high quality mic for the interview.

    I’m sure there are some guests that that is impractacal to ask the guest to do that. For example, John Dowd doesn’t seem to be appear to be hawking a book, so he’s not making the rounds of interview shows on a regular basis, and probably can’t be bothered to make the effort to make himself sound better on the rare podcast interview.

    But some effort should be made to encourage guests to call in with quality equipment and audio connections, whether a landline or internet connection.

    I listen to podcasts on high quality noise cancelling earbuds, or if at home, high quality Bluetooth speakers. There are probably a lot of people like me. A podcast that consitently displays low production values will probably get unsubscribed.

    We try whenever possible. It’s not always possible and it was not in this case. We thought it better to get this timely interview published than to wait for ideal conditions. Listen the Byron’s previous shows to get a sense of the conditions he usually works in (spoiler alert: a studio). 

    • #4
    • March 30, 2019, at 1:43 PM PDT
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  5. RufusRJones Member

    I like landlines. They sound really good. 

    • #5
    • March 30, 2019, at 1:48 PM PDT
    • 2 likes
  6. Mollie Hemingway Contributor

    Byron York is such a good interviewer. Great show. So interesting.

    • #6
    • March 30, 2019, at 9:15 PM PDT
    • 6 likes
  7. RufusRJones Member

    I can deal with the sound if I put headphones on, but there is no way you could listen to that in a car or with any ambient noise around. Just to be clear, I get that that is only one factor of how popular or effective a podcast is. It’s very unfortunate that there is no transcript. I don’t even think you could make one with one of those computer programs. If it was going to be widely publicised I would pitch in to a go fund me for a transcript.

    • #7
    • March 31, 2019, at 2:47 AM PDT
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  8. RufusRJones Member

    Everyone forgets what he said about Manafort. The FBI had Manafort under surveillance over a decade ago and declined to prosecute him. They didn’t even scare him with failure to register as a foreign lobbyist.

    So many Republicans are perfectly okay with this.

    Everyone needs to see The Death Of Stalin and The Lives Of Others.

    • #8
    • March 31, 2019, at 3:36 AM PDT
    • 2 likes
  9. Clifford A. Brown Contributor

    RufusRJones (View Comment):
    Everyone needs to see The Death Of Stalin and The Lives Of Others.

    Yes, emphatically yes.

    • #9
    • March 31, 2019, at 1:19 PM PDT
    • 2 likes
  10. John Russell Thatcher

    Blue Yeti (View Comment):

    Listen the Byron’s previous shows to get a sense of the conditions he usually works in (spoiler alert: a studio).

    Byron’s last podcast had serious audio problems too. That time the problem was what sounded like skips in the audio as if two segments had been spliced without care for omissions of what came in between.

     

    • #10
    • March 31, 2019, at 8:02 PM PDT
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  11. LibertyDefender Member

    RufusRJones (View Comment):

    Everyone forgets what he said about Manafort. The FBI had Manafort under surveillance over a decade ago and declined to prosecute him. They didn’t even scare him with failure to register as a foreign lobbyist.

    So many Republicans are perfectly okay with this.

    I agree with you and Dowd that the Manafort prosecution is abusive and outrageous.

    BUT – it’s difficult not to lump Dowd in with the “perfectly okay with this” crowd. Why is this the first time anyone’s ever heard John Dowd make the very salient point that the FBI investigated Manafort, and chose NOT to refer charges? Why the heck hasn’t Dowd been on a soapbox speaking truth to power? Why hasn’t Dowd been telling anyone and everyone that the Trump White House was 100% cooperative with Mueller?

    Why wasn’t Dowd telling anyone and everyone that Mueller had wrapped his collusion investigation before the end of 2017? Mueller’s report should have been delivered long before the 2018 midterms. If it had, fewer Republicans would have resigned, and the House of Representatives would likely still be under Republican control.

    Hard to see how Dowd isn’t perfectly okay with this.

    • #11
    • March 31, 2019, at 9:33 PM PDT
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  12. colleenb Member

    Outstanding interview (despite the audio) Mr. York. He’s on my list of attorneys to get if I ever get into real trouble.

    • #12
    • April 5, 2019, at 11:56 AM PDT
    • 1 like