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Ari Melber, host of MSNBC’s The Beat, with Maya Wiley, senior vice president for social justice at The New School and new MSNBC legal analyst.
Ari Melber, host of MSNBC’s The Beat, with Maya Wiley, senior vice president for social justice at The New School and new MSNBC legal analyst.

SVP for Social Justice Maya Wiley Named MSNBC Legal Analyst

On Tuesday, Maya Wiley sat down across from Ari Melber in the studio of MSNBC’s The Beat to deliver her legal analysis of the legal drama surrounding President Trump’s former campaign chairman Michael Mannafort and his former personal attorney Michael Cohen.

It’s a place she’s familiar with: over the last year, The New School’s senior vice president for social justice has commented on everything from Robert Mueller’s subpoena of Sam Nunberg to President Trump’s ongoing legal battle with Stormy Daniels.

Now, Wiley will be making herself even more at home at MSNBC after being named the cable news channel’s new legal analyst.

Announcing Wiley’s new position on The Beat, Melber praised the Milano School faculty member for “not only her objectivity, but also the dignity and humanity you often display when you do your work.”

“Thanks, Ari — I’m thrilled and privileged to be part of such an amazing team,” said Wiley, who is also co-director of the Digital Equity Laboratory at The New School.

At the start of his program, Melber shared a montage of Wiley’s greatest MSNBC hits — the most memorable being the time she convinced former Trump campaign aide Sam Nunberg to comply with a subpoena from Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

“I think your family wants you home for Thanksgiving, and I think you should testify,” Wiley told a distressed Nunberg, a clip that later went viral.

In a follow-up interview with The Washington Post Nunberg credited Wiley with changing his mind, describing her as “very, very smart.”

“She made a compelling case to me,” he said.

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