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Underhandedness. Trickery. Unscrupulous behavior. Skullduggery breaks down the latest revelations in the Russia probe as well as the numerous — and multiplying — other investigations into President Trump's business practices and conduct in office


Pod Save America’s Tommy Vietor
Jun 14 • 65 min
Tommy Vietor, former spokesperson for President Obama and the US National Security Council turned Podcaster (Pod Save America) joins co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Daniel Klaidman. They discuss Trump’s comments about excepting political dirt from a foreign…
Buried Treasure: A Liberal’s Lament
Jun 11 • 35 min
Ambassador William J. vanden Heuvel, former diplomat and now author, joins co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Daniel Klaidman on Buried Treasure. vanden Heuvel was assistant to US AG Robert F. Kennedy, US Ambassador to the European of the United Nations, has…
Michael Wolff’s Fake News
Jun 7 • 59 min
Michael Wolff, author of Siege: Trump Under Fire - joins co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Daniel Klaidman to discuss is most recent effort. Our guest is pushed hard on what is fact and what is fiction in his latest book as well as where he comes up with these…
Sex, Spies, and Bank Account Lies
May 31 • 68 min
David Enrich - New York Times Financial Editor and Emily Brandwin - former CIA Operations Officer join co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Daniel Klaidman on Skullduggery. Trump’s dealings with Deutsche Bank and what it’s like to be a “spy” in the CIA are all…
Buried Treasure: The Lessons of Iran-contra
May 28 • 23 min
Richard Arenberg, a Senator George Mitchell staff member in the mid-to-late 80’s and now Senior Fellow in International and Public Affairs at the Watson Institute, joins co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Daniel Klaidman on Skullduggery’s Buried Treasure. The…
Assange and the Rabble-Rouser
May 24 • 52 min
Rep. Steve Cohen and Yahoo’s DC Bureau Chief Sharon Weinberger join co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Daniel Klaidman on this episode of Skullduggery. Weinberger helps breakdown the recent bombshell indictment of Julian Assange and what that could mean for the…
Buried Treasure: The Fight Over Fortas
May 21 • 24 min
Michael Bobelian, author of Battle for the Marble Palace joins Michael Isikoff and Daniel Klaidman on this episode of Skullduggery’s Buried Treasure. The discuss the legacy of Abe Fortas, U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice from 1965 to 1969, how he’s…
The Candidate and the Ghostwriter
May 17 • 55 min
Seth Moulton - a 2020 Presidential Candidate and Charlie Leerhsen - President Trump’s former ghostwriter join co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Daniel Klaidman on Skullduggery. The Moulton discussion covers National Security, impeachment of Trump, and why a…
F.B.I. Confidential
May 14 • 48 min
Jim Baker, former government official at the DOJ who served as general counsel for the F.B.I. joins co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Daniel Klaidman to discuss his time spent at the Bureau. They cover James Comey, Rod Rosenstein, The Steele Dossier, Trump,…
From Rashida with Love
May 10 • 55 min
Rep. Rashida Tlaib and chief White House correspondent for The New York Times Peter Baker join co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Daniel Klaidman on this edition. Tlaib weighs in on impeachment proceedings, the Trump Administration, and the Israeli -…
Mueller vs Barr
May 3 • 44 min
Rep. Jamie Raskin, member of the House Judiciary Committee, joins co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Daniel Klaidman to discuss Attorney General Bill Barr’s testimony in front of the Senate as well as his “no-show” in front of the House. Will this be the straw…
Buried Treasure: Crack in the White House
Apr 30 • 29 min
Krissy Clark, host of The Uncertain Hour Podcast which takes a look inside America’s drug war, joins co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Daniel Klaidman. They relive the now infamous “crack speech” given by then President George H.W. Bush his first year in…
Mueller’s Hidden Nuggets
Apr 26 • 56 min
Shane Harris - Senior National Security writer at the Washington Post, as well as Paul Rosenzweig - Senior Fellow, National Security & Cybersecurity at R Street join co-hosts Michael Isikoff, Daniel Klaidman and Yahoo’s WH Correspondent Hunter Walker. Now…
Mueller Madness
Apr 18 • 59 min
Ty Cobb, former White House Lawyer for the Trump administration as well as April Doss, former senior minority counsel for the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence join co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Daniel Klaidman. The Mueller Report, which has finally…
AOC unfiltered
Apr 14 • 58 min
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez sat down with co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Daniel Klaidman for a wide ranging, hourlong interview. She weighed in on 2020, impeachment, Israel, Amazon, and her first months in Congress. The congressional rising star also…
The Assange Conspiracy
Apr 13 • 52 min
Bob Litt, Former General Counsel, Director of National Intelligence joins co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Daniel Klaidman to discuss all things Julian Assange as Litt was working for the Obama Administration when they decided at the time to not charge…
Buried Treasure: The China plots - then and now
Apr 9 • 25 min
Mark Hosenball joins co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Daniel Klaidman to reminisce about all the real life Chinese spy characters from the 90’s as the current administration tries to get to the bottom of the bizarre case of Yujing Zhang, the Chinese woman who…
Bonus Episode: The Mueller mystery
Apr 6 • 28 min
The Mueller Report — here we wait again. As the House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler makes it clear that he won’t settle for anything less than the entire un-redacted version of the report, co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Daniel Klaidman discuss…
Preet Bharara “Doing Justice”
Apr 3 • 48 min
Preet Bharara, former US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, joins co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Daniel Klaidman on this episode. They discuss his infamous “non-phone call” to Donald Trump, his brand new book Doing Justice, how the President…
Trump’s “Ridiculous Bullshit”
Mar 29 • 55 min
George Papadopoulos, Glenn Greenwald, and Ben Wittes are all a part of this packed episode of Skullduggery. Co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Daniel Klaidman analyze the fallout of the Bill Barr Mueller Report summery even further alongside Wittes, Senior…
Buried Treasure: Sandra Day O’Connor
Mar 26 • 31 min
Author Evan Thomas joins Buried Treasure to recount the life of America’s first female Supreme Court justice, Sandra Day O’Connor. She’s the subject of his new book, “First,” which is an intimate, inspiring, and authoritative biography. Alongside co-hosts…
Bonus Episode: Mueller’s Punt
Mar 25 • 28 min
Michael Isikoff and Danial Klaidman discuss the fallout from the release of Bill Barr’s summery of the Mueller Report. Does this leave us with more questions than answers? There was no collusion found, yet Mueller doesn’t exonerate President Trump on…
Kushner’s charmed life
Mar 22 • 55 min
Author Vicky Ward and Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren join as guests alongside co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Daniel Klaidman to discuss Jared Kushner and the pending Mueller Report respectively. Ward penned the new book Kushner, Inc where she fills in all the…
Buried Treasure: The Donald J. Trump Twitter Library
Mar 18 • 17 min
Roy Wood Jr., correspondent from Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, joins Skullduggery’s Buried Treasure live from SXSW and the site of The Donald J. Trump Presidential Twitter Library. Co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Daniel Klaidman fill you in on the…
Bannon unbound
Mar 15 • 54 min
Alison Klayman and Marie Therese Guirgis, the Director and Producer respectively of the upcoming documentary film The Brink, fill you in on all you need to know about their “behind the curtain” documentary on polarizing figure Steve Bannon. Then George…
Buried Treasure: So much for those thwarted terror plots
Mar 9 • 28 min
Charlie Savage of the New York Times joins co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Daniel Klaidman on Buried Treasure to discuss the surveillance kerfuffle during Obama’s time in office. The previously unknown gathering of data and surveillance, while spying on…
Weld’s case against Trump
Mar 8 • 51 min
Presidential hopeful and former Governor of Massachusetts Bill Weld joins co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Daniel Klaidman to discuss why he’s throwing his hat in the ring for 2020, how he really feels about our current president, why he’s running as a…
Buried Treasure: I told you so
Mar 4 • 25 min
Daryl Johnson, intelligence analyst working for several federal agencies for nearly 20 years, joins co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Daniel Klaidman to talk about his now infamous report about DHS Right-Wing Extremism. The leak and its aftermath of the report…
The worst version of himself
Mar 1 • 50 min
Congressman Jamie Raskin, member of the house oversight committee, joins co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Daniel Klaidman on this week’s episode of Skullduggery. They discuss everything that took place during the Michael Cohen public hearing from why he…
Inside the Trump International Hotel
Feb 22 • 62 min
Zach Everson and Rep. Don Beyer of Virginia join this week’s episode of Skullduggery to discuss what really goes on in the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C. as well as the what the congressman learned about migration fresh off a trip from…
The real legal peril
Feb 15 • 45 min
Mimi Rocah and Joon Kim, two former Southern District of New York prosecutors dissect the office’s investigation into Donald Trump and the Trump Organization alongside co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Dan Klaidman.
Buried Treasure: The extortion files, from Letterman to Bezos
Feb 11 • 24 min
In this episode of Buried Treasure, co-hosts Mike Isikoff and Dan Klaidman re-examine the 2009 David Letterman extortion attempt and discuss how Jeff Bezos took a page out of his playbook when it came to his own blackmail dealings recently with AMI.
Zucked
Feb 8 • 54 min
In this episode of Skullduggery, co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Dan Klaidman welcome former Legal Adviser to the State Department, Harold Koh, to discuss his recently published “Reader’s Guide for the 25th Amendment” and its possible application to the…
Buried Treasure: “Kennedy was drinking?”
Feb 4 • 30 min
In this episode of Buried Treasure, co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Dan Klaidman sit down with Yahoo’s own Jon Ward, author of the new book, Camelot’s End: Kennedy vs. Carter and the Fight that Broke the Democratic Party. They take a deep dive into a time…
Coulter and Corsi: The deplorables edition
Feb 1 • 60 min
In this episode of Skullduggery, co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Dan Klaidman welcome on-again off-again Trump supporter Ann Coulter as she dishes on the president, the immigration issue and the 2020 election. Then, Jerome Corsi, a potential key witness in…
Buried Treasure: Operation Cobra
Jan 28 • 26 min
In this episode of Buried Treasure, co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Dan Klaidman are joined by the man who broke some incredible news changing history and what we thought we knew in regards to the Cuban Missile Crisis. That man is Yahoo’s own Sean Naylor.…
Bonus Episode: Stone cold lies
Jan 26 • 27 min
In this bonus episode of Skullduggery, co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Dan Klaidman break down the fallout from the Roger Stone indictment. They also recall specific moments from their interview with Randy Credico in which they all but predicted a month ago…
The Power of Vice
Jan 25 • 63 min
In this episode of Skullduggery, co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Dan Klaidman welcome two filmmakers to the podcast. First up is journalist and director of the up-coming HBO documentary Breslin and Hamill: Deadline Artists Jonathan Alter for a discussion…
Buried Treasure: Out of the closet 60 years too late
Jan 21 • 30 min
In this episode of Buried Treasure, co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Dan Klaidman interview author Peter Shinkle about his book Ike’s Mystery Man: The Secret Lives of Robert Cutler. The book focuses on The Cold War, The Lavender Scare and the Untold Story of…
Governing from chaos
Jan 18 • 55 min
In this episode of Skullduggery, co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Dan Klaidman welcome US Senators Klobuchar of Minnesota and Whitehouse of Rhode Island as they discuss joint topics including the Bill Barr confirmation hearing, Trump’s relationship with…
Buried Treasure: “This is not a drill”
Jan 14 • 16 min
In this episode of Buried Treasure, Michael Isikoff is joined by Yahoo’s own national security and investigations reporter Jenna McLaughlin as they discuss the events of the false ballistic missile alert issued one year ago via the Emergency Alert System…
Hiding in almost plain sight
Jan 11 • 55 min
In this episode of Skullduggery, co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Dan Klaidman bring in Ben Wittes, Senior Fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution to discuss the latest with Rod Rosenstein and the Russia investigation. Then Ali Soufan,…
Buried Treasure: Elusive Prague meetings— then and now
Jan 7 • 16 min
In this episode of Buried Treasure, co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Dan Klaidman recall the alleged Mohamed Atta meeting in Prague post 9/11 in light of the recent McClatchy story claiming Michael Cohen too had a secret meeting in Prague during Trump’s…
The Russian money laundering probe about to hit Trump
Jan 4 • 54 min
In this episode of Skullduggery, co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Dan Klaidman are joined by Congressman Eric Swalwell. They discuss the shift in power in government, a potential money laundering probe, the saudis, the reaction to Tlaib, and finally his plans…
“Who’s the sucker now?
Dec 28, 2018 • 53 min
In this episode of Skullduggery, co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Dan Klaidman are joined by General John Allen who is the current president of the Brookings Institution, retired United States Marine Corps four-star general, and former commander of the NATO…
Michael Flynn: Not yet free despite plea
Dec 21, 2018 • 58 min
In this episode of Skullduggery, co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Dan Klaidman are joined by both Matt Miller and Sol Wisenberg. Miller served as the Director of the Office of Public Affairs for the DOJ under AG Eric Holder and Wisenberg has more than two…
Randy Credico: “I was drunk when I texted Roger Stone”
Dec 17, 2018 • 18 min
In this bonus interview for Skullduggery, co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Dan Klaidman sit down with activist, comedian, and former radio host Randy Credico, who happens to be a critical witness in the Roger Stone investigation. Fresh from being grilled by…
Trump’s Pecker Problem
Dec 14, 2018 • 70 min
In this episode of Skullduggery, co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Dan Klaidman react to the Cohen sentencing and bring in Yahoo’s own Hunter Walker who recently spent some time on the phone with Trump’s now personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, we get to listen in.…
Buried Treasure: William Barr is in for a penny, in for a pound?
Dec 12, 2018 • 13 min
In this episode of Buried Treasure, co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Dan Klaidman recall the Iran Contra affairs, President Bush’s pardons of those involved, and the man who pushed for said pardons, William Barr, who happens to be the newly appointed Attorney…
Bonus Episode: The Return of Bill Barr
Dec 8, 2018 • 47 min
In this special bonus episode of Skullduggery, co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Dan Klaidman discuss the recently released Mueller Filings in regards to Michael Cohen and Paul Manafort. Then the two are joined by Tim Flanigan, former Assistant Attorney…
The Rise and Spectacular Fall of Roger Ailes
Dec 7, 2018 • 54 min
In this episode, co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Dan Klaidman take a deep dive into the life and times of the most powerful man in media one could argue, Roger Ailes. They are joined by documentarian and film maker Alexis Bloom who’s latest project is…
Buried Treasure: The Story that got George Bush wrong
Dec 5, 2018 • 22 min
In this episode of Buried Treasure, co-hosts Mike Isikoff and Dan Klaidman recall the infamous October 19th, 1987 George H.W. Bush cover of Newsweek that said, Fighting the ‘Wimp Factor.’ The two are joined by the man responsible for inserting the wimp,…
“The cover-up unravels?”
Nov 30, 2018 • 63 min
In this episode, co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Dan Klaidman are joined by Corey Lewandowski and David Bossie, President Trump’s former Campaign Manager and Deputy Campaign Manager respectively. They discuss who they believe to be “Trump’s Enemies,” also…
Buried Treasure: Breach of decorum
Nov 28, 2018 • 25 min
In this episode of Buried Treasure, co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Dan Klaidman look back upon Barack Obama’s 2010 State of the Union Address which became memorable when Judge Alito shook his head after the President criticized the Supreme Court for their…
“Impeachment rethought
Nov 23, 2018 • 63 min
In this episode, co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Dan Klaidman are joined by Congressman Steve Cohen of Tennessee to discuss the Articles of Impeachment he put forth against the President previously as well as what the Democrats’ upcoming plan is now that…
“I don’t feel comfortable being a Republican anymore”
Nov 16, 2018 • 83 min
In this episode of Skullduggery, co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Dan Klaidman sit down for an exclusive and highly sought after interview with George T. Conway III, husband to the Counselor of the President, Kellyanne Conway. No stranger to speaking out…
Buried Treasure: “Florida Deja Vu”
Nov 13, 2018 • 23 min
In this episode of Buried Treasure, co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Dan Klaidman relive the 2000 Presidential Election through the experience of the Florida recount. Well, we’re back down in Florida again post midterms because there are once again races too…
Bonus Episode: The Crisis at Justice
Nov 9, 2018 • 27 min
In this special bonus episode of Skullduggery, co-hosts Mike Isikoff and Dan Klaidman, alongside Justice & Security Analyst Matt Miller, discuss the fallout from the Jeff Sessions firing and what possible scenarios may come in its wake. Was this the plan…
Ready to Rumble
Nov 8, 2018 • 56 min
Now that the United States has been left with a divided Government post-midterm elections, co-hosts Mike Isikoff and Dan Klaidman discuss the possible scenarios the two sides will take moving forward. They also breakdown the results with pollster and…
“Shamelessness is the new super power”
Nov 2, 2018 • 58 min
With the midterm elections now days away, co-hosts Mike Isikoff and Dan Klaidman sit down for a rare interview with New York Times columnist and Pulitzer Prize winner Maureen Dowd to discuss the scare tactics used by the Republican Party in an attempt to…
Buried Treasure: “From Oklahoma City to Pittsburgh: The lurid unreality of hate in America”
Oct 30, 2018 • 20 min
After the horrific event that took place at the synagogue in Pittsburgh over the weekend, co-hosts Mike Isikoff and Dan Klaidman discuss the Oklahoma City Bombing of 1995 as well as the broader cultural extremist moment of the time: militias, Waco, and…
“The fish does stink from the head down”
Oct 26, 2018 • 57 min
Donald Trump’s communication and relationship with the media is like no other. Co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Dan Klaidman speak with former 10-day, although he would argue 11, White House Director of Communications Anthony ‘The Mooch’ Scaramucci about his…
Buried Treasure: “Everyday when I go into my car, i think it’s going to blow up”
Oct 24, 2018 • 32 min
As more details of Jamal Khashoggi’s brutal murder emerge, co-hosts Mike Isikoff and Dan Klaidman examine another recent time when the Saudi government went after another U.S.-based Saudi dissident. It was June 2015 and WikiLeaks released more that 60,000…
Murder, Inc.
Oct 19, 2018 • 59 min
As more and more questions about the disappearance and murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi go unanswered, co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Dan Klaidman speak withThe Washington Post’s Shane Harris and former national counterterrorism expert Richard Clarke…
Buried Treasure: The Saudi influence in Washington, DC
Oct 16, 2018 • 25 min
U.S. and Saudi Arabia relations are being tested after the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Co-hosts Mike Isikoff and Dan Klaidman examine the close relationship that Saudi Arabia has with politics in the nation’s capital and the interesting…
What happened to Jamal Khashoggi?
Oct 12, 2018 • 73 min
Co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Dan Klaidman discuss all the latest news from this week. They first break down the mysterious disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and talk to Khaled Saffori, a longtime friend of Khashoggi who saw him right before he…
Buried Treasure: “The Front Runner”
Oct 8, 2018 • 33 min
Co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Dan Klaidman sit down with award-winning director Jason Reitman, Yahoo News national political columnist Matt Bai and political strategist Jay Carson to discuss their new movie, “The Front Runner.” The movie is is based Matt…
Tickling the wire
Oct 5, 2018 • 71 min
Co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Dan Klaidman speak with author Mark Urban about his new book, “The Skripal Files.” They discuss everything about Sergei Skripal, the ex-Russian spy poisoned in the United Kingdom, and find out with new details from Dan…
“Hot for teacher”
Sep 28, 2018 • 69 min
Co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Dan Klaidman talk to with Rob Goldstone, the British publicist who set up the infamous Trump Tower meeting, about his new book and what exactly went down in Vegas and Russia with Donald Trump. They also discuss the latest in…
Buried Treasure: Juanita Broaddrick Redux
Sep 25, 2018 • 34 min
Co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Dan Klaidman go back and reexamine the story of Juanita Broaddrick. She made headlines in the 1999 after she alleged that then President Bill Clinton had sexually assaulted her in 1978 in Arkansas. Isikoff and Klaidman speak…
Loud threats and bitter menaces
Sep 21, 2018 • 59 min
Co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Dan Klaidman recently went down to Austin, Texas for the Online News Association’s annual conference and recorded a special edition of Skullduggery in front of a live audience. The topic — Fake News and the Fourth Estate: How…
Buried Treasure: Deja vu all over again
Sep 19, 2018 • 31 min
Co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Dan Klaidman recall the Supreme Court confirmation battle of Clarence Thomas. It was 1991 and Thomas’ confirmation was halted after Anita Hill came forward and accused him of sexual harassment. The co-hosts chat with ABC News’…
Abuse of power
Sep 14, 2018 • 58 min
Co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Dan Klaidman talk to Kenneth Starr about his latest book, “Contempt” and whether or not he thinks Congress should censure President Trump. They also discuss the most interesting takeaways from Bob Woodward’s new book, “Fear,”…
Buried Treasure: The other anonymous
Sep 12, 2018 • 30 min
Co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Dan Klaidman take a look back at another time when an anonymous writer made news in the political world. It was back in 1996 and the political novel “Primary Colors,” written by Anonymous, hit the bookshelves. Isikoff and…
What if the president is deranged?
Sep 7, 2018 • 68 min
It’s been a pretty crazy week from the nation’s capital. Just as Skullduggery prepared to discuss the Supreme Court confirmation hearings of nominee Brett Kavanaugh, the release of Bob Woodward’s book sent the White House into defense mode, only to be…
Buried Treasure: “Robert Bork’s America” — the speech that doomed a Supreme Court nominee
Sep 5, 2018 • 26 min
As another conservative nominee undergoes a Supreme Court confirmation fight, co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Dan Klaidman rewind to the Supreme Court nomination of conservative judge Robert Bork in 1987 and the memorable speech by a Massachusetts senator…
Active Measures
Aug 31, 2018 • 62 min
Co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Dan Klaidman sit down with Jack Bryan and Marley Clements, the director and co-writer/producer of a new documentary called “Active Measures.” The documentary examines the links between Trump and Russia — an in-depth look at…
Buried Treasure: John McCain and the Caesar torture photos
Aug 28, 2018 • 32 min
Co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Dan Klaidman pay tribute to Sen. John McCain. They recount the story of a 2014 Isikoff interview with McCain where the two discussed the Caesar torture photos from Syria. Mouaz Moustafa joins the co-hosts to discuss how McCain…
Omarosa and Coulter and Davis, Oh my!
Aug 24, 2018 • 74 min
During a busy week of news, co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Dan Klaidman have a jam-packed episode. Skullduggery chats with attorney Lanny Davis about the latest with his client, Michael Cohen, plus Omarosa Manigault Newman and Ann Coulter about their new…
An inside look at the intelligence community, Russia and the mystery of magic
Aug 17, 2018 • 29 min
While at the Aspen Security Forum a few weeks ago, co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Dan Klaidman sat down with John McLaughlin, former Deputy Director of the CIA and Acting Director of the CIA, to discuss what’s going on in the intelligence community, Trump…
What’s really going on in U.S.-Russia relations?
Aug 10, 2018 • 54 min
Co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Dan Klaidman speak with two guests who have some very interesting insights into this very question. The Atlantic’s Natasha Bertrand recently exposed how the Department of Homeland Security is detaining Russian dissidents in…
The impeachment election
Aug 3, 2018 • 61 min
Co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Dan Klaidmain sit down with former Trump adviser Sam Nunberg, who despite being fired by Trump four times, is working one more time to help President Trump in this year’s congressional elections. What’s his new plan and why…
“Who is minding the store?”
Jul 25, 2018 • 67 min
It’s a Skullduggery first as co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Dan Klaidman sat down with a former member of the Trump administration, Tom Bossert, for an interview from the Aspen Security Forum in Aspen, Colo. Bossert served as President Trump’s first…
Buried Treasure: A Trump adviser, a Yahoo News story and an FBI secret warrant
Jul 24, 2018 • 22 min
Over the weekend, co-host Michael Isikoff found one of his stories from September of 2016 back in the news as the FBI released more than 400 pages of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act documents relating to Carter Page. Isikoff and co-host Dan Klaidman…
The Trump mystery: Pathology or kompromat
Jul 20, 2018 • 73 min
Skullduggery is on the road at the Aspen Security Forum at the Aspen Institute in Colorado. Co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Dan Klaidman sit down with Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., and Victoria Nuland, former Assistant Secretary of Sate for European and…
Buried Treasure: Obama’s hot mic moment with a Russian president
Jul 15, 2018 • 8 min
As President Trump prepares to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Dan Klaidman look back at President Obama’s infamous open mic moment in 2012 with another Russian President, Dmitry Medvedev.
The battle over Kavanaugh
Jul 13, 2018 • 56 min
As Congress gears up for Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation battle, co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Dan Klaidman are joined by Timothy Flanigan and Nan Aron to discuss Trump’s Supreme Court pick and the upcoming confirmation hearings. Flanigan is a…
Buried Treasure: “Here ruining people is considered sport”
Jul 7, 2018 • 19 min
Co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Dan Klaidman rewind back to July 1993 when deputy White House counsel Vince Foster was found dead in a park in Northern Virginia. A torn-up suicide note was found in his briefcase that said, “Here ruining people is considered…
“Finish it the hell up”
Jul 6, 2018 • 75 min
Co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Dan Klaidman are joined by Phil Lacovara, the former counsel to the Watergate special prosecutor, about Robert Mueller’s months-long Russia investigation. Isikoff and Klaidman also speak with Dan Pfieffer, former…
Buried Treasure: How a few tokes changed history
Jul 3, 2018 • 12 min
Co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Dan Klaidman rewind to the Reagan era to discuss how Judge Douglas Ginsburg’s Supreme Court nomination was derailed, and how it ultimately led to the nomination of Justice Anthony Kennedy to the Supreme Court. Isikoff and…
Before their rear end hits the chair
Jun 29, 2018 • 66 min
Co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Dan Klaidman are joined by Ron Klain, a Washington, D.C. lawyer and veteran of Democratic administrations, to discuss how Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement impacts the balance of the Supreme Court. Isikoff and Klaidman also…
Buried Treasure: Unindicted co-conspirators
Jun 26, 2018 • 21 min
Co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Dan Klaidman rewind back to the Watergate saga to examine the indictment of seven Nixon aides on charges of conspiracy on Watergate. There was also an unindicted co-conspirator in the case that was kept from the public—…
Lying through their teeth
Jun 22, 2018 • 58 min
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…
Buried Treasure: Seymour Hersh on breaking the biggest stories of our time
Jun 19, 2018 • 41 min
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.
“We had a suspect”
Jun 15, 2018 • 61 min
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…
Buried Treasure: The press vs. the president
Jun 12, 2018 • 34 min
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…
What if we were wrong?
Jun 8, 2018 • 60 min
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…
Buried Treasure: Can the president be indicted?
Jun 5, 2018 • 16 min
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…
The President and his Princelings
Jun 1, 2018 • 67 min
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.…
Trump’s ‘ridiculous’ spy claim
May 25, 2018 • 68 min
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…
Buried Treasure: The time the Chinese government tried to interfere in a U.S. presidential election
May 22, 2018 • 14 min
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…
“I believe you have some information for us”
May 18, 2018 • 61 min
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…
Buried Treasure: Proximity to power — The story of Michael Deaver
May 15, 2018 • 16 min
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…
I’m crushing it!
May 11, 2018 • 76 min
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,…
Buried Treasure: The drone strike controversy
May 8, 2018 • 13 min
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…
An Ex-CIA director’s advice: Do not serve this president
May 4, 2018 • 58 min
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…
Skullduggery Live!
Apr 27, 2018 • 66 min
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…
Buried Treasure: The pardon of Scooter Libby
Apr 24, 2018 • 23 min
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…
With all due respect…
Apr 20, 2018 • 77 min
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…
Buried Treasure: The case of Michael Abbell and the Cali cartel
Apr 17, 2018 • 17 min
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…
The Comey blitzkrieg
Apr 13, 2018 • 53 min
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…
Buried Treasure: President Johnson discovers Nixon’s Vietnam collusion
Apr 10, 2018 • 13 min
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,…
Brennan under attack
Apr 6, 2018 • 59 min
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…
Buried Treasure: MLK and J. Edgar Hoover — A former FBI agent’s unique insights into the feud between the two men
Apr 4, 2018 • 22 min
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…
Buried Treasure: The Starr Report
Apr 3, 2018 • 11 min
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…
From Monica Lewinsky to Stormy Daniels: Ken Starr weighs in
Mar 30, 2018 • 55 min
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…
Do Not Congratulate
Mar 23, 2018 • 57 min
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…
Buried Treasure: A murdered spy’s widow speaks out against Putin
Mar 16, 2018 • 25 min
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…
An Inside look at ‘Russian Roulette’
Mar 13, 2018 • 41 min
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…
Buried Treasure: Talking to the portraits
Mar 12, 2018 • 9 min
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…
Who poisoned the Russian double agent in England?
Mar 9, 2018 • 39 min
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…
The story of the ‘illegals’ — the real Russian spies who inspired ‘The Americans’
Mar 6, 2018 • 12 min
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…
The incredible shrinking Jared Kushner
Mar 2, 2018 • 49 min
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.…
Buried Treasure: The time China hacked the 2008 presidential campaigns
Feb 27, 2018 • 12 min
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…
The troll farm hiding in plain sight
Feb 23, 2018 • 46 min
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…
Buried Treasure: The story of Warren Meddoff
Feb 20, 2018 • 10 min
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…
Michael Cohen’s ‘stormy’ screwup
Feb 16, 2018 • 52 min
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…
The FBI under siege
Feb 9, 2018 • 52 min
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…
The spy, the reporter and the memo — the inside story
Feb 2, 2018 • 46 min
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…
Skullduggery Extra: Wait, there’s more!
Jan 26, 2018 • 17 min
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…
Who did you vote for?
Jan 26, 2018 • 38 min
On the latest episode of Yahoo News’ Skullduggery, co-hosts 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. It’s been a…
Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg on “The Post”, President Trump and North Korea
Jan 19, 2018 • 47 min
On the second episode of Yahoo News’ Skullduggery, co-hosts 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…
It was 20 years ago today – a look back at the Clinton/Lewinsky scandal
Jan 11, 2018 • 48 min
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…
Skullduggery Trailer
Jan 10, 2018 • 1 min
New episodes of Skullduggery begin Friday, January 12th! Look out for new episodes every Friday.