True Crimes and Misdemeanors: The Investigation of Donald Trump

Doubleday. Aug. 2020. 496p. ISBN 9780385536738. $30. POL SCI
CNN legal analyst Toobin (American Heiress) delivers with this latest work scrutinizing the investigations into Donald Trump during his presidency, focusing on the obstruction of justice charges. Despite knowing the outcome of the Mueller investigation, readers will be enthralled by Toobin’s swift and concise reporting of a complex topic, and his inclusion of more than 100 interviews featuring both well- and little-known players in the investigation. Readers, even those with a strong foundational knowledge of the case, can expect to learn new details from the behind-the-scenes reporting of events and will walk away with a better understanding of the investigation and how it failed to convict Trump. The author sheds insight into the beginnings of Trump’s ties to Russia and Ukraine, long before he ran for office, and his introductions to political consultants Paul Manafort and Rick Gates. Considerable time is also spent on detailing the Mueller investigation and how Trump associates tried to influence the outcome to their advantage. Later chapters follow the actions of now-disbarred attorney Michael Cohen after the indictment of Manafort and Gates in 2017. The work ends with Trump’s impeachment and his acquittal by the Senate in February 2020.
VERDICT Toobin’s trademark readability succeeds with this compelling, fast-paced account.
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