Can He Do That?

89 EpisodesProduced by The Washington Post

Donald Trump’s historic presidency is unlike any other that’s come before it. From a record-setting staff turnover rate to unpredictable policy decisions to an ongoing investigation into his campaign, each episode of this podcast focuses on one aspect of Trump’s time in the White House that raises t… read more

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Trump ordered Russia investigation documents declassified. Can he do that?

September 21st, 2018

At odds with the Justice Department, Trump wants some texts, interviews and warrants made public. We explore his exercise of presidential power when it pushes against well-established norms and creates conflicts of …

President Trump says we are “absolutely, totally prepared” for Hurricane Florence. Are we?

September 14th, 2018

Trump called the handling of Hurricane Maria an "unsung success" and falsely said its high death count was generated to make him look bad. As we face Florence, reporter Joel Achenbach adds insight to Trump's claims and …

A harrowing book, an anonymous op-ed and a White House in chaos

September 7th, 2018

After a week of revelations about what it's like to work for President Trump, White House bureau chief Philip Rucker offers insight into the state of the administration.

Exclusive: Phone call between President Trump and Bob Woodward

September 4th, 2018

Bob Woodward sought an interview with President Trump as he was writing "Fear," a book about his presidency. Trump called Woodward in early August, after the manuscript had been completed, to say he wanted to …

Trump threatened to "take a look" at Google for "rigged" results. Can he do that?

August 31st, 2018

Does the administration have power to regulate the information technology companies distribute? Post technology reporter Brian Fung, technology …

Michael Cohen spent years alongside Trump. What might he know?

August 24th, 2018

Trump’s longtime lawyer and friend, who made a plea implicating Trump this week, has connections to the president’s charity and business. Post reporter Rosalind Helderman explains what we've learned from documents made …

Michael Cohen implicates Trump. Paul Manafort is found guilty. What happens now?

August 22nd, 2018

Within a few minutes on Tuesday afternoon, two people close to Trump are declared guilty. This special break-in episode with Post reporter Devlin Barrett breaks down what these major developments mean for the President …

Trump is trying to enforce an NDA against Omarosa Manigault Newman. Can he do that?

August 17th, 2018

A former White House aide is releasing details from her time in the administration. Trump wants to stop her. White House reporter Joshua Dawsey and watchdog director Danielle Brian explain what happens when a president …

Trump wants to distance himself from Paul Manafort’s trial. Can he do that?

August 10th, 2018

The ongoing trial of Trump’s former campaign manager can affect the future of the Mueller investigation. National security reporter Devlin Barrett and former federal prosecutor Robert Mintz explain what the jury’s …

Trump says that even if there were collusion, there was no crime. Can he do that?

August 4th, 2018

What are the legal lines surrounding collusion? Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Carol Leonnig and white-collar defense lawyer Jacob Frenkel analyze …
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