Preet Bharara – Doing Justice: The Sheriff of Wall Street
Preet Bharara is an American lawyer, author and broadcaster, who was famously fired by President Trump and banned by President Putin.
During his 8-year tenure as the United States Attorney for New York, he earned the title “Sheriff of Wall Street” for high-level prosecutions of hedge funds, as well as mafia bosses and terrorists.
His career inspired the hit TV show Billions, and TIME magazine recognised him as 1 of the 100 most influential people in the world.
His new book “Doing Justice” reflects on his time in office.
02:37 Brian’s thoughts on the episode.
03:33 Brian’s introduction.
04:05 Preet and Brian discuss the influence of company culture and ethics of personal wealth creation.
13:02 How Preet feels about the people he prosecuted.
15:14 The background to Preet’s first major speech and why he said, “sometimes greed is not good.”
16:15 Why Preet chose to speak publicly about the Galleon Group case.
20:16 Why that reason is less likely to be effective in cases of terrorism or involving mobsters,
21:07 When the accused decides whether, or not, to flip on their friends, family or colleagues.
24:55 Police and investigator’s interrogation techniques.
27:42 Preet comments on the show Billions.
29:13 The illogical idea of Hedge funds.
31:55 Why Preet and his Southern District office colleagues chose to work there and not in private practice.
36:34 History of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York and why it is revered.
40:19 How Preet, become United States Attorney for South District, prosecuting a range of illegal activity.
47:48 Preet agrees with Bill Browder that to affect Russian Oligarchs’ money you risk being on a death list.
49:42 Has Preet safety concerns having dealt with Mafia bosses, terrorists and crazy hedge fund people?
50:25 Preet’s office was criticised for lack of prosecutions following the banking crisis, does that bother him?
56:13 Preet says that unsuccessful prosecutions are not personal and he doesn’t rank cases by favourites.
57:42 Why Preet didn’t return President Trump’s phone call.
1:09:47 Preet shows why he is a highly regarded lawyer and interrogator.
1:10:14 Preet’s impression of Donald Trump today.
1:15:56 What Preet enjoys doing now.
1:18:43 We judge, or are judged, daily and Preet’s book can teach how to think through the issues.
1:21:10 Preet mostly works in a surprising way.
1:24:24 Best days of his life.
1:26:26 What scares him.
1:30:47 What we might be surprised to learn about Preet.
1:31:06 What keeps him awake at night.
1:32:54 Phone call to the 20 years old Preet Bharara.
1:36:12 Best advice he ever received.
1:40:42 Success secrets.
1:41:44 Advice to the 20 years old watching.
1:46:55 Brian’s summing up.
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