Skullduggery

By Yahoo News

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Description

Skullduggery is a new podcast from Yahoo News focused on Washington scandals in the Trump era and their impact on today’s politics. Conceived and co-hosted by Yahoo News’s Chief Investigative Correspondent Michael Isikoff and Editor in Chief Daniel Klaidman, the podcast offers a deep dive into the high-stakes investigation into Russia’s effort to subvert the 2016 election and allegations of collusion by the Donald Trump presidential campaign. Every Friday, Skullduggery will break down the latest revelations in the Russia scandal, offering authoritative analysis while helping listeners discern which developments really matter and which are overblown. 


Isikoff and Klaidman won’t just be recapping the latest news on the Russia investigation, they’ll be breaking it too– just as they have since the earliest days of the 2016 election. Skullduggery will feature Yahoo News’ own exclusive reporting – as well as newsmaking interviews – making it a unique offering among political podcasts. Isikoff and Klaidman will provide historical context, offer insights and exchange old war stories to illuminate today’s probes and controversies. It will be substantive but personality driven, informal yet authoritative, feeding off the personal chemistry between two veteran reporters who have been friends and colleagues for more than twenty years. 


Episode Date
Lying through their teeth
00:58:25

Co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Dan Klaidman are joined by Jeh Johnson, former Secretary of Homeland Security in the Obama administration, to discuss the challenges he faced handling illegal immigration during his tenure and how it differs from the current administration’s policy. Isikoff and Klaidman also check in with Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., about the latest in the Russia investigation.

Jun 22, 2018
Buried Treasure: Seymour Hersh on breaking the biggest stories of our time
00:41:25

Legendary investigative reporter Seymour Hersh sits down with co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Dan Klaidman to talk about his new book, “Reporter: A Memoir” and gives behind-the-scenes accounts of breaking some of the most epic stories of our time.

Jun 19, 2018
“We had a suspect”
01:01:23

Co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Dan Klaidman sit down with former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper to discuss his latest book, “Facts and Fears: Hard Truths from a Life in Intelligence.” Clapper reveals to Isikoff and Klaidman that by the time he left office in Jan. 2017, intelligence officials were “pretty confident” that they had identified a suspect responsible for the hacked emails to WikiLeaks. Yahoo News White House Correspondent Hunter Walker also joins the podcast to discuss the latest from the Trump White House and the big news on the president’s birthday.

Jun 15, 2018
Buried Treasure: The press vs. the president
00:34:04

After the news broke that federal prosecutors secretly seized emails and phone records from New York Times reporter Ali Watkins, co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Dan Klaidman examine other instances where this has happened in past administrations. They speak with The Intercept’s James Risen about his experience as a New York Times reporter when his records were seized by the Obama administration. Isikoff and Klaidman also sit down with Obama chief of public affairs Matt Miller, who was in the administration when they seized Risen’s records, to discuss why administrations use this tactic against journalists.

Jun 12, 2018
What if we were wrong?
01:00:55

Co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Dan Klaidman discover the answer to this question when they speak with President Obama’s former deputy national security adviser, Ben Rhodes, about his new book, “The World as It Is: A Memoir of the Obama White House.” Isikoff and Klaidman also chat with J.D. Gordon, a former Trump adviser, who met with special counsel Robert Mueller’s team and described the Russia investigation as a “nightmare.”

Jun 08, 2018
Buried Treasure: Can the president be indicted?
00:16:52

As the debate continues about whether special counsel Robert Mueller can bring charges against President Trump, co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Dan Klaidman turn back the clock 20 years and discuss another time when the same debate was happening. Will Mueller use Ken Starr’s decisions as a guide for the current investigation?

Jun 05, 2018
The President and his Princelings
01:07:38

While President Trump is in delicate negotiations with China over trade and security, Ivanka Trump’s company has recently been granted seven trademarks by an arm of the Chinese government. Is there a connection? The president of Ivanka’s company says no. But these trademarks are raising questions from Washington watchdog groups. Co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Dan Klaidman talk with Norm Eisen, a senior fellow at Brookings and chair of the government watchdog group CREW, about these developments. They also check in with Yahoo News White House correspondent Hunter Walker about his experience thus far covering the president.

Jun 01, 2018
Trump's 'ridiculous' spy claim
01:08:50

Co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Dan Klaidman speak with Avril Haines, former deputy director of the CIA and President Obama’s deputy national security adviser, in an exclusive interview about the U.S. government’s response to the early evidence of Russian meddling in American politics during the Obama administration. Isikoff and Klaidman also speak with lawyer and professor Alan Dershowitz about his defense of President Trump’s legal position and his criticism of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation. 

May 25, 2018
Buried Treasure: The time the Chinese government tried to interfere in a U.S. presidential election
00:14:23

Co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Dan Klaidman recall the last time a foreign government attempted to meddle in a U.S. presidential election. It was back in 1996. Reuters investigative reporter Mark Hosenball joins Isikoff and Klaidman to recount the campaign finance scandal when the Chinese government, not Russia, interfered in the election between Republican candidate Bob Dole and Democratic candidate President Bill Clinton.

May 22, 2018
“I believe you have some information for us”
01:01:20

Co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Dan Klaidman break down the latest news coming out of the Trump White House this week, starting with new insights into Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting at Trump Tower with a Russian lawyer on June 9, 2016. There was also a financial disclosure form from the President that lists a repaid debt of more than $100,000 to Trump’s embattled former attorney Michael Cohen. Finally, the Trump administration just abolished the job of the White House cyber czar. Isikoff and Klaidman speak with a former White House cyber coordinator, Michael Daniel and investigative reporter Mark Hosenball about all the latest developments this week.

May 18, 2018
Buried Treasure: Proximity to power — The story of Michael Deaver
00:16:01

Long before Michael Cohen made news for cashing in on his access to President Trump, there was Michael Deaver. Deaver was an aide to President Ronald Reagan and made the cover of Time magazine, with the headline: “Who’s this man calling?: Influence peddling in Washington.” Co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Dan Klaidman rewind to the 80s and the story of Michael Deaver and what his case may tell us about what could happen to Michael Cohen.

May 15, 2018
I'm crushing it!
01:16:42

It was a busy week in Washington. President Trump’s new lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, declared during an interview that Trump wouldn’t have to comply with a subpoena from special counsel Robert Mueller. Gina Haspel, President Trump’s nominee to lead the CIA, appeared before the Senate Intelligence Committee and faced tough questions about torture. Finally, it was revealed that Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, received millions from companies, after he sold them on the fact that he had direct access to the president. Co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Dan Klaidman break all this news down with national security expert and University of Texas School of Law professor Stephen Vladeck and Ali Soufan, a former FBI agent who blew the whistle on torture in the intelligence community.

May 11, 2018
Buried Treasure: The drone strike controversy
00:13:37

Co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Dan Klaidman take a look back at the drone wars that began during the Obama administration and have continued during the Trump administration. Why isn’t anyone still talking about drone strikes? Isikoff and Klaidman discuss the issue of drone strikes in the Obama and Trump administrations and why the coverage of this issue has dwindled over the years.

May 08, 2018
An Ex-CIA director's advice: Do not serve this president
00:58:42

Co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Dan Klaidman sit down with General Michael Hayden, former director of the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency, to discuss the current challenges facing the intelligence community in President Trump’s administration as well as his new book, “The Assault on Intelligence: American National Security in an Age of Lies.” Isikoff and Klaidman also speak with New York Times Washington correspondent Michael Schmidt about his recent article that revealed special counsel Robert Mueller’s list of questions for President Trump.

May 04, 2018
Skullduggery Live!
01:06:01

Co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Dan Klaidman host a new episode of the podcast in front of a live audience at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., joins the show to discuss the latest developments from the Senate Intelligence Committee’s ongoing investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential elections. A panel of journalists also take the stage for an engaging conversation about the media’s coverage of the Russia investigation and answer questions from the audience.

Apr 27, 2018
Buried Treasure: The pardon of Scooter Libby
00:23:05

After the news broke of President Trump’s pardon of Scooter Libby, co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Dan Klaidman take a look back at the Scooter Libby trial with Peter Zeidenberg, one of the former prosecutors who brought the case against Libby. Zeidenberg talks about the decision to prosecute Libby in the first place, his reaction to Trump’s pardon, and what kind of message the president may be sending with this decision.

Apr 24, 2018
With all due respect...
01:17:21

Co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Dan Klaidman examine the week’s news, starting with the “confusion” between U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley and President Trump over the announcement of new sanctions on Russia. They speak with Ambassador Daniel Fried, a former sanctions expert in the Obama administration, about these recent developments and the importance of sanctions against Russia. Klaidman and Isikoff also sit down with Adam Davidson of The New Yorker to discuss the latest developments in the Michael Cohen saga, including Davidson’s latest article on the subject, “Michael Cohen and the End State of the Trump Presidency.”

Apr 20, 2018
Buried Treasure: The case of Michael Abbell and the Cali cartel
00:17:46

Co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Dan Klaidman rewind to the case of former Justice Department lawyer Michael Abbell who became an attorney for an infamous Colombian drug cartel and was soon accused of lobbying for the cartels in Washington. In 1995, he was indicted by federal prosecutors for his work with the Cali cartel. His case opened the door for federal prosecutors to investigate the conduct of defense lawyers and their communication with clients when the government had evidence of that crimes were committed. It’s a case that has new relevance as Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, continues to make news.

Apr 17, 2018
The Comey blitzkrieg
00:53:03

Co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Dan Klaidman speak with the former director of Public Affairs in the Obama Justice Department, Matt Miller, about former FBI Director James Comey’s upcoming new book and how it might affect the Trump administration. Randy Credico, comedian and friend of Roger Stone, also returns to the podcast to talk about the latest in the Russia investigation and whether or not he may be called to testify by the special counsel.

Apr 13, 2018
Buried Treasure: President Johnson discovers Nixon’s Vietnam collusion
00:13:00

Co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Dan Klaidman head back to 1968, when President Lyndon B. Johnson’s administration discovered alarming intelligence that the Nixon’s presidential campaign had been secretly communicating with South Vietnam and its president, telling them to back out of a peace deal to end the Vietnam War. Isikoff and Klaidman discuss these events of 1968 and how that moment in history may echo the current reports of the Trump campaign’s contact with Russia.

Apr 10, 2018
Brennan under attack
00:59:53

Co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Dan Klaidman catch up with former CIA station chief Daniel Hoffman about former CIA Director John Brennan’s recent Twitter attack against President Trump. Hoffman disagrees with his former boss and claims Brennan’s tweets only help Putin’s efforts to divide the country. Isikoff and Klaidman also talk with legal analyst Michael Zeldin about the latest developments in the Mueller investigation.

Apr 06, 2018
Buried Treasure: MLK and J. Edgar Hoover — A former FBI agent’s unique insights into the feud between the two men
00:22:50

Fifty years ago, on April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr., who preached nonviolent resistance to oppression and war, was shot to death in Memphis.  Co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Dan Klaidman take a look back at King’s relationship with J. Edgar Hoover and the FBI and speak to a former FBI agent with a unique perspective on the matter. Oliver “Buck” Revell was a young agent during the 1960s and had an unexpected, intimate meeting with Hoover where Hoover spoke with him at lenghth about King. 

Apr 04, 2018
Buried Treasure: The Starr Report
00:11:56

After speaking with former independent counsel Ken Starr on the last Skullduggery, co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Dan Klaidman revisit the release of the Starr Report on this episode of Buried Treasure. The report was released almost 20 years ago, on September 11, 1998, and everyone was feverishly downloading it on their computers or running to get a copy. Isikoff and Klaidman discuss where they were and what they thought when they first read it. They also wonder if special counsel Mueller will release a report like the Starr Report when the Russia investigation is done.

Apr 03, 2018
From Monica Lewinsky to Stormy Daniels: Ken Starr weighs in
00:55:50

As the Mueller investigation continues to face criticism from the White House and rumors of possible pardons for two former White House aides made the rounds in the news this week, co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Dan Klaidman are joined by Judge Ken Starr, a man who is very familiar with special counsel investigations and has faced tough criticism from a sitting president and the media. What does Judge Starr think of the Mueller investigation? Should the recent revelations about Stormy Daniels also be included in the investigation? 

Mar 30, 2018
Do Not Congratulate
00:57:23

Co-hosts Dan Klaidman and Michael Isikoff discuss the week in White House controversy: President Trump’s penchant for typos, leaked briefing materials urging the president not to congratulate Vladimir Putin on his recent electoral victory and breaking news of John Dowd resigning his position as Trump’s lead lawyer for the special counsel investigation. Michael Isikoff interviews Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, and Evelyn Farkas, former deputy assistant secretary of defense for Russia/Ukraine/Eurasia.

Mar 23, 2018
Buried Treasure: A murdered spy’s widow speaks out against Putin
00:25:15

Co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Dan Klaidman speak with Marina Litvinenko, the widow of murdered Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko, about the recent poisoning attack against Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the U.K. Litvinenko revealed to Skullduggery that after her husband’s death, Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May promised this type of attack would never happen again. But, as the investigation continues into the attack on Skripal, it appears to Litvinenko that Putin has struck again.

Mar 16, 2018
An Inside look at ‘Russian Roulette’
00:41:05

On a special edition of Skullduggery, Dan Klaidman sits down with his co-host Michael Isikoff and Mother Jones' David Corn in front of an audience at the Build Studios in New York for an interesting discussion of Isikoff and Corn’s new book, “Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin’s War on America and the Election of Donald Trump.”

Mar 13, 2018
Buried Treasure: Talking to the portraits
00:09:43

Co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Dan Klaidman take a look back at President Richard Nixon’s interesting habit of roaming the halls of the White House, “talking to the portraits” of the leaders who came before him, at the end of his troubled presidency. It is a story that was recounted in Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward’s book, “The Final Days,” about Nixon’s fall from office. Isikoff and Klaidman also discuss whether Nixon’s “talking to the portraits” reminds them in some ways of Trump’s habit of taking to Twitter to express his thoughts and frustrations with the current political climate.

Mar 12, 2018
Who poisoned the Russian double agent in England?
00:39:22

A failed assassination attempt on an ex-Russian spy and his daughter with a nerve agent in England is raising a lot of questions. Co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Dan Klaidman talk to a former CIA agent, Daniel Hoffman, who arranged the swap that freed the former spy, to find out why he thinks this attack happened and who might have carried it out. They also check in with Randy Credico, a comedian who also is a friend of Roger Stone, and pleaded the fifth after he subpoenaed by the House Intel Committee in the Russia probe.

Mar 09, 2018
The story of the 'illegals' -- the real Russian spies who inspired 'The Americans'
00:12:59

Special counsel Robert Mueller recently announced the indictment of 13 Russian trolls who had developed a scheme to penetrate and influence the U.S. political system. After co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Dan Klaidman heard these charges, it reminded them of another story of the Russian ‘illegals’ from the past — the real story of the Russian spies that inspired FX’s ‘The Americans.”

Mar 06, 2018
The incredible shrinking Jared Kushner
00:49:58

It was a week of turmoil in the Trump administration. Jared Kushner was stripped of his security clearance, White House communications director Hope Hicks resigned and President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions once again didn’t see eye to eye. Skullduggery co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Dan Klaidman talk about all of these latest developments with Rep. Ted Lieu, D.-Calif., and National Review Institute senior fellow Andrew McCarthy.

Mar 02, 2018
Buried Treasure: The time China hacked the 2008 presidential campaigns
00:12:49

As the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election continues, co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Dan Klaidman dig up another time presidential campaigns were infiltrated by hackers. It happened ten years ago and Russia, although suspected, was not involved. The Skullduggery co-hosts recount their story of when the Chinese hacked into both the Obama and McCain campaigns back in 2008.

Feb 27, 2018
The troll farm hiding in plain sight
00:46:54

Co-hosts Mike Isikoff and Dan Klaidman examine the latest developments in the Russia investigation. Special counsel Robert Mueller recently revealed Russian trolls plotted information warfare against the United States. Where was the U.S. intelligence community while this was happening? Could Putin be an indicted co-conspirator in the case? Skullduggery talks to Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., about the status of the Russia investigation in the House Intelligence Committee and attorney Ken McCallion who brought a lawsuit against Paul Manafort that may have led to the latest charges by Mueller.

Feb 23, 2018
Buried Treasure: The story of Warren Meddoff
00:10:40

With over twenty years of reporting together, Michael Isikoff and Dan Klaidman have plenty of stories about old scandals lost to history and great anecdotes from their past. In this week’s premiere episode of Skullduggery’s Buried Treasure, Isikoff and Klaidman head back to the '90s and delve into the story of a man named Warren Meddoff, his role in the 1996 Clinton campaign finance scandal and the personal connection to one of the hosts.

Feb 20, 2018
Michael Cohen's 'stormy' screwup
00:52:13

Michael Isikoff and Dan Klaidman examine the latest legal screwups in Washington. Did Michael Cohen just put President Trump in potential legal jeopardy after he confirmed that he paid porn star Stormy Daniels $130,000? Isikoff and Klaidman speak with Larry Noble, former general counsel of the Federal Election Commission, about the legal implications of Cohen’s admission. They also speak with Lanny Davis, author of a new book, “The Unmaking of the President 2016: How FBI Director James Comey Cost Hillary Clinton the Presidency,” about the legal decisions made by Comey during the 2016 election.

Feb 16, 2018
The FBI under siege
00:52:34

Michael Isikoff and Dan Klaidman take a closer look at the recent political attacks on the FBI and what it means for the country’s premier law enforcement agency. They talk to Mike Rogers, the former chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, and Don Robinson, an ex-FBI agent based in Moscow, to get their thoughts on the current state of the bureau, its relationship with the White House and how and if the FBI can bounce back.

Feb 09, 2018
The spy, the reporter and the memo — the inside story
00:46:55

Michael Isikoff and Dan Klaidman discuss the House Intelligence Committee’s release of the Nunes memo, which accuses the FBI of bias in the Russia investigation. Within the memo, Isikoff is prominently mentioned as a key player. How did Isikoff come to play such a starring role in this highly anticipated memo?

Feb 02, 2018
Skullduggery Extra: Wait, there's more!
00:17:10

Just after episode 3 of Yahoo News’ Skullduggery was recorded, the New York Times dropped their latest bombshell relating to the Russia investigation. The New York Times reported that President Trump ordered special counsel Robert Mueller to be fired last June but backed down after White House counsel Don McGahn threatened to resign. Co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Dan Klaidman weigh in on the latest story and what it could possibly mean for the investigation moving forward.

Jan 26, 2018
Who did you vote for?
00:38:08

It’s been a busy week of news: Attorney General Jeff Sessions was recently questioned by special counsel Robert Mueller's team, President Trump told reporters that he’s open to being interviewed by Mueller and the #ReleaseTheMemo trended on Twitter as Trump supporters demanded to know what’s in Republican Rep. Devin Nunes’ classified memo. Michael Isikoff and Dan Klaidman talk with Matt Miller, the former director of Public Affairs in the Obama Justice Department about all things related to the Russia investigation.

Jan 26, 2018
Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg on "The Post", President Trump and North Korea
00:47:42

Michael Isikoff and Dan Klaidman sit down with author and whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg, whom the White House once called “the most dangerous man in America,” after he leaked the Pentagon Papers exposing the American government’s lies about the Vietnam War. Ellsberg speaks with Skullduggery about the new hit movie, “The Post,” which centers around his leak of the Pentagon Papers, his thoughts on today’s whistleblowers Julian Assange and Edward Snowden, and whether President Trump’s war of words with North Korea could trigger a nuclear war.  

Jan 19, 2018
It was 20 years ago today – a look back at the Clinton/Lewinsky scandal
00:48:14

In the debut episode of Skullduggery – a Yahoo News podcast and video series focused on Washington scandals in the Trump era and their impact on today's politics – co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Dan Klaidman discuss the 20th anniversary of the Monica Lewinsky scandal, a story they famously covered for Newsweek. Their first guest is former United States attorney general Eric Holder who talks about where he was when the Lewinsky scandal broke, his thoughts on Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election and he even jokes about being Oprah’s running mate in 2020.

Jan 12, 2018
Skullduggery Trailer
00:01:56

New episodes of Skullduggery begin Friday, January 12th! Look out for new episodes every Friday.

Jan 10, 2018