CAFE Insider 10/28: Baghdadi Dies & Impeachment Quickens

Show Notes

In this episode of the CAFE Insider podcast, “Baghdadi Dies & Impeachment Quickens,” co-hosts Preet Bharara and Anne Milgram break down the latest developments:

— Elusive ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed in a U.S. special operations raid in Idlib, Syria

— District Court Judge Beryl Howell ordered the Justice Department to turn over to the House Judiciary Committee grand jury materials former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation

— Key witnesses continue to testify in the impeachment inquiry, including Bill Taylor, the top U.S. diplomat to Ukraine, who confirmed last week that President Trump conditioned military aid to Ukraine on investigations that could help him politically

— The New York Times report that John Durham’s investigation into the origins of the FBI’s Trump-Russia probe has evolved into a criminal inquiry, raising a range of unanswered questions

— Rudy Giuliani is reportedly the target of two federal investigations and subject of two pocket dialing mishaps

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



  • Tweet by Moms Demand Action founder Shannon Watts sharing a picture with former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper backstage before the Stay Tuned live show in Denver, 10/24/19
  • President Trump’s remarks at a shale-energy conference in Pittsburgh where he said that “a big beautiful wall” would be built in Colorado, 10/23/19
  • Preet’s Tweet commenting on Trump’s Colorado Wall remark


  • “President Trump: ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is dead,” CNN, 10/27/19
  • “Bin Laden court case dismissed,” The Washington Post, 6/17/11


Closed-door House proceedings

  • Rules of the House of Representatives, 114th Congress (Rule XI: Procedures of Committees and Unfinished Business)
  • House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff’s “Dear Colleagues” October 16 letter
  • “House Democrats look to take impeachment probe public as soon as mid-November,” The Washington Post, 10/23/19

GOP stormed the SCIF

  • “Republicans storm closed-door impeachment hearing as escalating Ukraine scandal threatens Trump,” The Washington Post, 10/23/19
  • “Republicans Stormed Into The Impeachment Investigation’s Secure Room, And It Was Absolute Madness,” BuzzFeed, 10/23/19
  • “GOP ‘Storming’ of Secure Facility for Impeachment Proceedings: An Explainer,” Just Security, 10/23/19
  • “National Security Figures to Testify: Impeachment Update,” Bloomberg, 10/23/19

District Court Judge Howell’s ruling

  • Memorandum Opinion Granting the Application of the Committee on the Judiciary, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, Judge Beryl Howell, 10/25/19
  • “Impeachment Inquiry Is Legal, Judge Rules, Giving Democrats a Victory,” The New York Times, 10/25/19

Unchecked presidential power

  • “Trump couldn’t be charged for a Fifth Avenue shooting while in office, his lawyer argues,” CNN, 10/23/19 (audio clip of Trump attorney William Consovoy’s exchange with Judge Chin)
  • “Second Circuit Court of Appeals: ‘Trump v. Vance’ Oral Argument On Turning Over Trump’s Tax Returns,” RealClear Politics, 10/23/19

Congressional testimonies

  • Opening statement of Ambassador Bill Taylor to impeachment investigators, 10/22/19
  • “6 Key Revelations of Taylor’s Opening Statement to Impeachment Investigators,” The New York Times, 10/22/19
  • E.U. Ambassador Gordon Sondland’s opening statement to Congress, 10/17/19
  • ComplaintKupperman v. House of Representatives of the U.S.A. et al., U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, 10/25/19
  • Letter from chairs of the House committees on Intelligence, Foreign Affairs, and Oversight to Charles Kupperman’s attorneys stating that their client remains legally obligated to comply with a subpoena and appear for a deposition on Monday, October 28th, 10/26/19
  • “Bolton’s former deputy fails to show up for Hill deposition as he seeks court ruling to resolve dispute over testifying,” The Washington Post, 10/28/19
  • “Executive privilege mentioned in case of Giuliani associates,” The Washington Post, 10/23/19


  • Attorney General’s guidelines on general crime investigations,
  • “Justice Dept. Is Said to Open Criminal Inquiry Into Its Own Russia Investigation,” The New York Times, 10/24/19
  • “Justice Department watchdog says highly anticipated FISA report is ‘nearing completion’,” CBS News, 10/24/19
  • “Barr personally asked foreign officials to aid inquiry into CIA, FBI activities in 2016,” The Washington Post, 9/30/19


  • “Giuliani probe snowballs,” Politico, 10/25/19
  • “Is Rudy Giuliani going to jail?,” Politico, 10/24/19
  • “Giuliani associates Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman plead not guilty in campaign finance case,” The Washington Post, 10/23/19
  • “Rudy Giuliani butt-dials NBC reporter, heard discussing need for cash and trashing Bidens,” NBC News, 10/25/19