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Donald Trump at the 2019 Student Action Summit, West Palm Beach, Florida. Photo: Gage Skidmore. Courtesy CC 2.0

American Academy Online Discussion

An Unprecedented Indictment, A World of Political Turmoil

Donald Trump has become the first American president or former president to be indicted for a felony; thirty counts related to business fraud were filed on March 30 in New York by the Manhattan district attorney. Even more serious indictments are likely forthcoming from local prosecutors in Atlanta as well as federal officials at the Department of Justice. To lend context to this unprecedented legal and political drama, please join the American Academy in Berlin for a discussion with Financial Times US national editor and columnist Edward Luce, and former US attorney and deputy assistant attorney general Harry Litman. Moderated by Daniel Benjamin, president of the American Academy in Berlin.

Edward Luce is the US national editor and columnist at the Financial Times. Before that he was the the newspaper’s Washington bureau chief. Other roles have included South Asia bureau chief, Capital Markets editor, and Philippines Correspondent. Luce was previously the speechwriter for the US Treasury Secretary, Lawrence H. Summers, in the Clinton administration. He is the author of three highly acclaimed books, The Retreat of Western Liberalism (2017), Time to Start Thinking: America in the Age of Descent (2012), and In Spite of the Gods: The Strange Rise of Modern India (2007). He appears regularly on CNN, NPR, MSNBC’s Morning Joe, and the BBC. He is also the author, along with colleague Rana Foroohar, of the Swamp Notes newsletter, which covers the intersection of money, power, and politics in America.

Harry Litman is a former US attorney and deputy assistant attorney general. He teaches constitutional law and national security law at the University of California at Los Angeles School of Law and the University of California at San Diego Department of Political Science. Litman also practices law with Constantine Cannon in San Francisco, specializing in the False Claims Act. He is a regular commentator on MSNBC, CNN and Fox News. He is the creator and executive producer of the Talking Feds podcast (@talkingfedspod). Litman served as a law clerk to Supreme Court Justices Thurgood Marshall and Anthony Kennedy. Prior to law school, Litman worked on the Associated Press baseball desk and as a feature film production assistant in New York City.

03 Apr 23
17:00 - 18:30
Online via Zoom. Register below.

This online event took place on April 3, 2023.

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