POTUS on Trial & A Military Mind (with Adm. James Stavridis)

Show Notes


On this episode of Stay Tuned, “POTUS on Trial & A Military Mind,” Preet answers your questions about:

  • Whether foreign policy is exclusively in the purview of the executive branch and what that has to do with impeachment of President Trump
  • Why Lev Parnas is able to sit for public interviews while out on bond while Roger Stone is bound by a gag order
  • Whether Chief Justice John Roberts has veto power during the Senate trial

The guest is Admiral James Stavridis. He spent 37 years in the U.S. Navy and earned four stars, served as the 16th Supreme Allied Commander of NATO, and forayed into academia as the 12th Dean of The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. His most recent book is Sailing True North: Ten Admirals and the Voyage of Character.



  • “Alan Dershowitz’s Strange Constitutional Arguments on Impoundment and Foreign Policy,” Lawfare, 1/22/20
  • Transcripts of Rachel Maddow’s first and second interview with Lev Parnas, 1/15/20
  • “Roger Stone Lost His Appeal Of The Gag Order Barring Him From Posting On Twitter, Facebook, And Instagram,” BuzzFeed News, 10/22/19
  • Senate Resolution 483, “To Provide for related procedures concerning the articles of impeachment against Donald John Trump, President of the United States,” Jan 2020
  • “Trump’s Impeachment Trial a Perilous Duty for Chief Justice,” New York Times, 1/14/20


  • Stravridis’ most recent bookSailing True North: Ten Admirals and the Voyage of Character, October 2019
  • Stavridis’ column for Time: “Why Trump’s Generals Have Abandoned Ship,” 1/3/19
  • “‘You’re a bunch of dopes and babies’: Inside Trump’s stunning tirade against generals,” Washington Post, 1/17/20
  • General Ulysses S. Grant’s bookPersonal Memoirs, 1999
  • Michael Shaara’s bookThe Killer Angels, 2004
  • Steven Pressfield’s bookGates of Fire: An Epic Novel of the Battle of Thermopylae, 2005
  • “Trump invites disgraced Navy SEAL who posed with a dead ISIS captive he was accused of murdering to Mar-a-Lago,” Business Insider, 12/24/19
  • “Anguish and Anger From the Navy SEALs Who Turned In Edward Gallagher,” New York Times, 12/27/19
  • The North Atlantic Treaty, April 1949
  • “What Is NATO’s Article 5?,” History, 8/31/18
  • Stavridis column for Time: “Why NATO Is Essential For World Peace, According to Its Former Commander,” 4/4/19
  • My Big Fat Greek WeddingIMDb, 2002

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