Skullduggery is a new podcast from Yahoo News focused on Washington scandals in the Trump era and their impact on today’s politics. Conceived and co-hosted by Yahoo News’s Chief Investigative Correspondent Michael Isikoff and Editor in Chief Daniel Klaidman, the podcast offers a deep dive into the high-stakes investigation into Russia’s effort to subvert the 2016 election and allegations of collusion by the Donald Trump presidential campaign. Every Friday, Skullduggery will break down the latest revelations in the Russia scandal, offering authoritative analysis while helping listeners discern which developments really matter and which are overblown. 

Isikoff and Klaidman won’t just be recapping the latest news on the Russia investigation, they’ll be breaking it too– just as they have since the earliest days of the 2016 election. Skullduggery will feature Yahoo News’ own exclusive reporting – as well as newsmaking interviews – making it a unique offering among political podcasts. Isikoff and Klaidman will provide historical context, offer insights and exchange old war stories to illuminate today’s probes and controversies. They will examine the big legal questions hanging over the investigation, assess the political battles on both sides of the divide and shed light on the personalities in the crosshairs and those driving the investigations. Can a sitting president be indicted? What would happen if President Trump fired Russia Special Counsel Robert Mueller? What are the chances of impeachment? What about invoking the 25th Amendment? They will also explore instances where Trump’s critics have overshot their mark or distorted the known facts.

Skullduggery launches on January 12, twenty years after Isikoff – who at the time was working alongside Klaidman on the Newsweek investigative team – first uncovered the news that independent counsel Kenneth Starr was investigating President Clinton’s affair with a White House intern, Monica Lewinsky. Isikoff and Klaidman will relive the Lewinsky scandal – the last time a president was impeached – and share with listeners the lessons and perils it holds for today. They will also draw on their deep personal and professional experience covering virtually every DC scandal in the two decades since; from Whitewater to campaign finance abuses, CIA torture, weapons of mass destruction, and everything in between. It will be substantive but personality driven, informal yet authoritative, feeding off the personal chemistry between two veteran reporters who have been friends and colleagues for more than twenty years. 

Unlike traditional podcasts, Skullduggery will be distributed on multiple platforms and in different formats, including, video, satellite radio and everywhere podcasts are available. 

Jan. 10, 2018

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