Former U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade Talks About Life-Changing 2017

McQuade has had a notable year since President Trump’s administration dismissed her from her federal position in March.

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2017 has been an interesting year — and there are several people from Michigan who have had standout years.

Detroit Today with Stephen Henderson spends the end of the year talking with a few individuals who were at the center of some of those notable moments in their lives and careers in 2017.

Barbara McQuade is the former U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan. McQuade reached local and national prominence several years ago as the prosecutor in the trial of former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick. Since then, she’s become a criminal and civil law lecturer at the University of Michigan.

Click here to hear McQuade’s interview earlier this month on Detroit Today about her involvement in the Kilpatrick trial

And she’s now frequently a national analyst for national media outlets when they discuss proceedings of the Department of Justice, including recent high-profile investigations such as the probe into Russia’s involvement in the 2016 presidential election.

The reason McQuade is now in the private sector is because the Trump Administration dismissed her from that position. This was in tandem with the firing of other Obama-era federal attorneys after Trump’s inauguration earlier this year. McQuade and those other attorneys were told — suddenly — to pack up and leave their offices. 

It’s with that moment in March that Detroit Today host Stephen Henderson begins his conversation with McQuade.

Click on the audio player above to hear the full conversation.

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