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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.


00:00 | Trailer
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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