348 S. Fifth Street Highlands NC 28741 US

Start date: Monday, July 22 2024.


 On Monday, July 22, 2024, from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Resource person: Audra Bullard - office@clehighlands.com


Andrew Weissmann and Mary McCord, co-hosts of the MSNBC podcast Prosecuting Donald Trump, will analyze current developments in the four prosecutions pending against the former president. If time permits, given the issues the various trials present in July 2024, they will turn to the plans Trump and various of his spokespersons have laid out to transform the United States Department of Justice that he initiated in his first term. Trump and some conservative legal scholars at the Heritage Foundation, among others, propose to abandon post-Watergate reforms so as to enable the President to control all federal law enforcement decision making. Mr. Weissmann and Ms. McCord, both of whom have extensive experience working in the Justice Department, will address the perils of this conception of Presidential power and the concrete consequences of this transformation of the Justice Department and the FBI. After the program, enjoy complimentary refreshments and light fare at the Meet & Greet Reception.

Location: Martin Lipscomb Theatre at the Performing Arts Center (PAC) (Please do not call the PAC to register)

Presenter: Andrew Weissmann is a Professor of Practice with the Center on the Administration of Criminal Law at New York University School of Law. He served as a lead prosecutor in Robert S. Mueller’s Special Counsel’s Office and as Chief of the Fraud Section in the U.S. Department of Justice. He is the author of Where Law Ends: Inside the Mueller Investigation. He also served as General Counsel for the F.B.I., Director of the Enron Task Force, and as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for 15 years in the Eastern District of New York, where he served as the Chief of the Criminal Division. He is a frequent MSNBC news contributor on matters related to federal and state prosecutions of high profile political figures.

Presenter: Mary McCord is Executive Director of the Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection (ICAP) and a Visiting Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center. At ICAP, McCord leads a team that brings constitutional impact litigation at all levels of federal and state courts across a wide variety of issues, including protecting democratic processes and combating political violence. McCord was the Acting Assistant Attorney General for National Security at the U.S. Department of Justice from 2016 to 2017 and Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General for National Security from 2014 to 2016. Previously, McCord was an Assistant U.S. Attorney for nearly 20 years at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia. Among other positions, she served as a Deputy Chief in the Appellate Division, overseeing and arguing hundreds of cases in the U.S. and District of Columbia Courts of Appeals, and Chief of the Criminal Division, where she oversaw all criminal prosecutions in federal district court. McCord served as legal counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives Task Force 1-6 Capitol Security Review appointed by Speaker Nancy Pelosi after the January 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol.

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