CAFE Insider 10/21: Mick Mulvaney’s Mess

Show Notes

In this episode of the CAFE Insider podcast, “Mick Mulvaney’s Mess,” co-hosts Preet Bharara and Anne Milgram break down the latest developments:

— President Trump’s announcement that the U.S. would no longer host next year’s G7 summit at the Trump National Doral Miami resort, after coming under criticism from Democrats and Republicans;

— Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney’s walk-back of his quid pro quo Ukraine comments made at a press conference last week; and

— Depositions of more State Department officials by House Democrats, as evidence mounts about what’s being described as “shadow foreign policy” being carried out by Rudy Giuliani on behalf of the President.

We hope you’re enjoying CAFE Insider. Email us at [email protected] with your suggestions and questions for Preet and Anne.



  • “This Sure Looks Like Mitt Romney’s Secret Twitter Account (Update: It Is),” Slate, 10/20/19
  • “The Liberation of Mitt Romney,” The Atlantic, 10/20/19
  • “Mitt Romney, ‘Pierre Delecto’ And The Strategy Of Anonymously Criticizing Trump,” NPR, 10/21/19


  • Acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney’s press conference (video and transcript), 10/17/19
  • Mick Mulvaney’s interview on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace, 10/20/19

Trump Doral & The G7

  • “What Is the Emoluments Clause?,” Encyclopedia Britannica
  • “Trump was already violating the emoluments clause. Grabbing the G-7 is even worse,” The Washington Post, 10/18/19
  • “Trump Has Just the Place for the Next G7 Meeting: His Own Golf Resort,” The New York Times, 8/28/19
  • President Trump’s tweet announcing that the G7 in 2020 would no longer be held at the Trump National Doral resort in Florida, 10/19/19
  • “How Mark Burnett Resurrected Donald Trump as an Icon of American Success,” The New Yorker, 12/27/18

Quid Pro Quo Admission

  • The Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act of 1974,
  • “Mulvaney Says, Then Denies, That Trump Held Back Ukraine Aid as Quid Pro Quo,” The New York Times, 10/17/19
  • Trump’s “perfect call” tweet, 10/1/19
  • Letter sent by U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) to the General Prosecutor of Ukraine in 2018 raising their concerns that the Trump Administration could unduly pressure Ukraine into obstructing the Mueller investigation by withholding funding, 5/4/18


  • Tweet by Fox News’ Trish Regan attaching a copy of Trump’s October 9th letter to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan about the crisis in Syria, 10/16/19


  • “The House’s contempt powers explained,” Constitution Daily, 5/7/19
  • “So You Want to Impeach the President,” Lawfare, 9/24/19
  • “Impeachment probe goes beyond Ukraine to lying and obstruction of justice, House lawyer says,” CNN, 10/8/19
  • “‘Bribery’ is right there in the Constitution. Trump could be impeached for that,” The New York Times, 10/20/19
  • “Bill Barr’s Witch Hunt,” Just Security, 10/17/19
  • “Review of Russia Inquiry Grows as F.B.I. Witnesses Are Questioned,” The New York Times, 10/19/19
  • Adam Schiff’s parody of Trump’s July 25 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky at National Intelligence Director Joseph Maguire’s hearing, 9/26/19


  • Tracker of requests or subpoenas for documents and witness testimony, The New York Times
  • Gordon Sondland’s prepared remarks before the House Committees on Foreign Affairs, Intelligence, and Oversight, 10/17/19
  • “Gordon Sondland, E.U. Envoy, Testifies Trump Delegated Ukraine Policy to Giuliani,” The New York Times, 10/17/19
  • “Senior State Dept. Ukraine Expert Says White House Sidelined Him,” The New York Times, 10/15/19
  • “Perry rejects congressional subpoena, insists resignation not related to Ukraine,” ABC News, 10/18/19


  • “Giuliani pursued shadow Ukraine agenda as key foreign policy officials were sidelined,” The Washington Post, 9/24/19
  • “Shadow Dancing,” song by Andy Gibb (younger brother of the Bee Gees: Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gill), 1978