TALKING FEDS is a roundtable discussion that brings together some of the most well-known former prosecutors in the country for a dynamic and entertaining analysis of the most pressing questions in high-profile criminal cases, including the Mueller probe and related investigations.
Each week, host HARRY LITMAN will moderate a roundtable discussion with former Department of Justice prosecutors and officials from around the country.
These are THE FEDS!
The host and executive producer of TALKING FEDS is Harry Litman. Litman is a former line prosecutor, United States Attorney, and Deputy Assistant Attorney General at the Department of Justice. He currently is a Washington Post columnist, an active litigator in courts around the country, and a professor of constitutional law at U.C.L.A. and U.C.S.D. He appears regularly on all three cable networks: MSNBC, CNN, and Fox.
Amy Jefress served as the Justice Department Attaché to the U.S. Embassy in London, where she coordinated cooperation between U.S. and UK authorities on criminal matters. She was a former counselor to the Attorney General, and was also an assistant U.S. Attorney in the District of Columbia. Amy is currently a partner at the law firm of Arnold & Porter.
Joyce Vance is an American lawyer who served as the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama from 2009 to 2017. She was one of the first five U.S. Attorneys, and the first female U.S. Attorney, nominated by President Barack Obama. Ms. Vance is also a Distinguished Visiting Lecturer in Law at the University of Alabama. She is a regular contributor on MSNBC and other outlets.
Martha Boersch is a trial and appellate lawyer with almost 30 years experience in the federal courts of Northern California, with a focus on federal criminal defense and complex civil litigation. From 1992 to 2004, Martha was a federal prosecutor in the Northern District of California, during which she served as Chief of the Organized Crime Strike Force and Chief of the Securities Fraud Unit.
Barbara McQuade is a professor from practice at the University of Michigan Law School and former U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan. She has worked as a federal prosecutor, focusing on cases of national security, violent crime, public corruption, civil rights and financial fraud. She currently serves as a legal analyst for NBC News and MSNBC.
Mimi Rocah was an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York. During her career in SDNY, Ms. Rocah held a number of leadership positions including Co-Chief of the White Plains Division and Chief of the Organized Crime and Racketeering Unit. She is currently Pace Law's Distinguished Fellow in Criminal Justice and a Legal Analyst for MSNBC and NBC News.
Carol C. Lam was the United States Attorney for the Southern District of California from 2002 to 2007. Prior to that, she was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of California, where she was Chief of the Major Frauds Division. Ms. Lam was also a judge of the Superior Court in San Diego. Most recently, she was Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at Qualcomm.
Mary McCord was the Acting Assistant Attorney General for National Security at the U.S. Department of Justice from 2016 to 2017 and served as Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the National Security Division (NSD) from 2014 to 2016. Previously, McCord worked for nearly twenty years at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia.
Ted Lieu represents California’s 33rd Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. He sits on the House Judiciary Committee and the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and was elected to serve as a Co-Chair of the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee. Ted is a former active duty officer in the U.S. Air Force and currently serves as a Colonel in the Reserves.
Jennifer Rodgers worked at the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, where she served in numerous capacities, including as a Deputy Chief Appellate Attorney, the Chief of the Organized Crime Unit, and a Chief of the General Crimes Unit. Jennifer is currently a Lecturer in Law at Columbia Law School and also serves as a Legal Analyst for CNN.
Matthew Miller served as the Director of the Office of Public Affairs for the Department of Justice and has worked in leadership positions in both the U.S. House and Senate, serving as communications director for the House Democratic Caucus. He is an MSNBC contributor and has written for the Washington Post, Time Magazine, Politico and other publications.
Melinda Haag was the United States Attorney for the Northern District of California from 2010 to 2015. In 1999, then U.S. Attorney Robert Mueller hired her as a supervisor in the San Francisco office, where she served until 2003. Following a stint in private practice, Haag also served as Co-Chair of the White Collar Crime Subcommittee of the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee.
Julie Zebrak served in the U.S. Department of Justice from 1997-2015, including as Deputy Chief of Staff to the Deputy Attorney General. Next, she served as Senior Advisor to the Deputy Director of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Currently, Julie is a Democratic activist & strategist. Follow her on Twitter @YesMomsCan.
Robert Raben was the Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legislative Affairs at the Department of Justice under former President Bill Clinton. He started his career on Capitol Hill as counsel for Congressman Barney Frank. In 2001, Robert formed The Raben Group, a Washington, D.C.-based lobbying, consulting, and public affairs firm specializing in issues of law and public policy.
Josh Campbell served as a Supervisory Special Agent with the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation conducting national security and criminal investigations. He was later appointed Special Assistant to former FBI Director James Comey. Josh is currently a journalist and analyst with CNN, known for covering breaking news events involving national security matters.
Asha Rangappa is a lawyer who served as a law clerk to the Honorable Juan R. Torruella on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She began her career as an FBI special agent, specializing in counterintelligence investigations, and was also Dean at Yale Law School. Currently, she is a senior lecturer at Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs.
Nancy Gertner is a former U.S. federal judge who built her career around standing up for women’s rights, civil liberties and justice for all. Gertner was appointed to the federal bench of the U.S. District Court of Massachusetts by President Bill Clinton in 1994. She retired from the bench in 2011 to teach and was appointed a Professor of Practice at Harvard Law School.
Paul Fishman is the immediate past United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey. He has held a variety of Senior positions in different Administrations of the Department of Justice, including First Assistant U.S. Attorney Counsel to the Deputy Attorney General, and Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General. He is currently a partner at the law firm of Arnold & Porter.
Elliot Williams is a former Deputy Assistant Attorney General at the Department of Justice. He previously served as an Assistant Director at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, counsel to the United States Senate Judiciary Committee, and a federal prosecutor. He is now a Principal at The Raben Group and regularly appears on MSNBC, CNN, SiriusXM, and other outlets.
Elie Honig has served as director of the Division of Criminal Justice in the New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety since 2013. Before joining the division, he was an assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, including two years as deputy chief, and then co-chief, of the Organized Crime Unit. He regularly appears on MSNBC and other outlets.
Julie O'Sullivan is a former Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Criminal Division of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. Previously, she clerked for Chief Judge Levin Campbell of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit as well as Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. Currently, Julie is a Professor of Law at Georgetown Law.
Frank Figliuzzi is a 25 year FBI veteran who served as the Bureau’s Assistant Director for Counterintelligence and eventually the Chief Inspector. As Assistant Chief Security Officer for five years at General Electric, he helped build programs in investigations, insider threat, workplace violence prevention, and special event security for GE’s 300,000 employees in 180 countries.
Glenn Kirschner was a federal prosecutor and Assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia. Later, Kirschner joined the USAO's Homicide Section, led at the time by Robert Mueller III, and served as Deputy Chief of the Homicide Section as well as Chief of the Homicide Section from 2004-2010. Currently, he is a legal analyst for NBC News and MSNBC.
Laurie Levenson is a Professor of Law at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. Laurie served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Criminal Section in Los Angeles, where she was a trial and appellate lawyer for eight years, becoming senior trial attorney and assistant division chief. She has been one of the chief public authorities on prosecutorial practice for many years.