A Conversation with Philip Rucker and Carol Leonnig, Authors, ‘I Alone Can Fix It, Donald J. Trump’s Catastrophic Final Year’


A Conversation with Carol Leonnig & Philip Rucker


Join Michael Zeldin in a conversation with Philip Rucker and Carol Leonnig, Authors ofI Alone Can Fix It, Donald J. Trump’s Catastrophic Final Year: a compelling analysis of former President Trump’s final year in office as he struggled to lead the nation through the worst pandemic in a century. Rucker and Leonnig recount the pandemic debates within the Administration as well as provide insight into Trump’s response to the Black Lives Matter protests, his election defeat, and the January 6thattack on the U.S. Capitol.


Philip Rucker

Philip Rucker is the White House Bureau Chief at The Washington Post, leading its coverage of President Trump and his administration. He and a team of Post reporters won the Pulitzer Prize and George Polk Award for their reporting on Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election. Rucker joined the Post in 2005 and previously has covered Congress, the Obama White House and the 2012 and 2016 presidential campaigns. He serves as an on-air political analyst for NBC News and MSNBC, and graduated from Yale University with a degree in history. <

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Carol Leonnig

Carol Leonnig is an investigative and enterprise reporter on The Washington Post’s National Staff. She joined the paper in 2001. Her work holding governments accountable has drawn numerous national awards and led to major legislative reform and federal investigations.

Leonnig and two Post colleagues won the Polk award for political reporting for uncovering the cash and gifts that Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell sought from a local businessman he was helping, which ultimately led to the governor’s indictment and conviction on public corruption charges. Her reporting of the Obama administration’s clean-energy stimulus program first revealed how the White House pressured career government officials to award a half-billion-dollar loan to Solyndra, a solar company whose principal owner was a major Obama campaign donor. Leonnig and a small team of Post reporters won the Selden Ring Award for investigative reporting after they uncovered hazardous levels of lead in drinking water in Washington, D.C., as well as similar water quality reporting problems across the country.

Before joining The Post, Leonnig covered city halls, legislatures and Congress in various postings at the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Charlotte Observer and the Washington bureau of the former Knight-Ridder newspaper chain.

Follow Carol on Twitter: @CarolLeonnig


Michael Zeldin

Michael Zeldin is a well-known and highly-regarded TV and radio analyst/commentator.

He has covered many high-profile matters, including the Clinton impeachment proceedings, the Gore v. Bush court challenges, Special Counsel Robert Muller’s investigation of interference in the 2016 presidential election, and the Trump impeachment proceedings.

In 2019, Michael was a Resident Fellow at the Institute of Politics at the Harvard Kennedy School, where he taught a study group on Independent Investigations of Presidents.

Previously, Michael was a federal prosecutor with the U.S. Department of Justice. He also served as Deputy Independent/ Independent Counsel, investigating allegations of tampering with presidential candidate Bill Clinton’s passport files, and as Deputy Chief Counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives, Foreign Affairs Committee, October Surprise Task Force, investigating the handling of the American hostage situation in Iran.

Michael is a prolific writer and has published Op-ed pieces for CNN.com, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Hill, The Washington Times, and The Washington Post.

Follow Michael on Twitter: @michaelzeldin