August 19, 2020

Jeffrey Toobin

Harvard Book Store's virtual event series welcomes JEFFREY TOOBIN—CNN's chief legal analyst and author of the celebrated, bestselling books The Run of His Life and A Vast Conspiracy—for a discussion of his latest book, True Crimes and Misdemeanors: The Investigation of Donald Trump. He will be joined in conversation by NOAH FELDMAN, celebrated author and Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at Harvard Law School.


Donald Trump's campaign chairman went to jail. So did his personal lawyer. His long-time political consigliere was convicted of serious federal crimes, and his national security advisor pled guilty to others. Several Russian spies were indicted in absentia. Career intelligence agents and military officers were alarmed enough by the president's actions that they alerted senior government officials and ignited the impeachment process.

Yet despite all this, a years-long inquiry led by special counsel Robert Mueller, and the third impeachment of a president in American history, Donald Trump survived to run for re-election. Why?

Jeffrey Toobin's highly entertaining definitive account of the Mueller investigation and the impeachment of the president takes readers behind the scenes of the epic legal and political struggle to call Trump to account for his misdeeds. With his superb storytelling and analytic skills Toobin recounts all the mind-boggling twists and turns in the case—Trump's son met with a Russian operative promising Kremlin support! Trump paid a porn star $130,000 to hush up an affair! Rudy Giuliani and a pair of shady Ukrainian-American businessmen got the Justice Department to look at Russian-created conspiracy theories! Toobin shows how Trump's canny lawyers used Mueller's famous integrity against him, and how Trump's bullying and bluster cowed Republican legislators into ignoring the clear evidence of the impeachment hearings.

Based on dozens of interviews with prosecutors in Mueller's office, Trump's legal team, Congressional investigators, White House staffers, and several of the key players, including some who are now in prison, True Crimes and Misdemeanors is a revelatory narrative that makes sense of the seemingly endless chaos of the Trump years. Filled with never-before-reported details of the high-stakes legal battles and political machinations, the book weaves a tale of a rogue president guilty of historic misconduct, and how he got away with it.

About Author(s)

Jeffrey Toobin is chief legal analyst at CNN and a staff writer at The New Yorker. He is the author of several bestselling books, including American HeiressThe OathThe Nine, and The Run of His Life, which was the basis for American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson, the acclaimed FX Networks limited series. A Vast Conspiracy, his book about the Bill Clinton/Monica Lewinsky scandal, will be the basis of the 2021 installment of American Crime Story.

Noah Feldman is the Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. In 2003 he served as senior constitutional advisor to the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq. Selected as a Rhodes Scholar, he earned a D.Phil. in Oriental Studies from Oxford University in 1994. He received his J.D. from Yale Law School in 1997. He is the author of eight books: The Three Lives of James MadisonCool WarScorpionsThe Fall and Rise of the Islamic StateDivided by GodWhat We Owe Iraq, and After Jihad. He most recently co-authored Constitutional Law, Eighteenth Edition with Kathleen Sullivan.