Andrew Kent

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Andrew Kent is a professor at Fordham University School of Law and holds the John D. Feerick Research Chair.

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The Russia Connection

The Scope of the Mueller Probe: Will the Public Learn What Was Uncovered?

There are a lot of unanswered questions about the probe new special counsel Robert Mueller will lead into the Trump-Russia issues. I want to offer some thoughts on two questions that are already being raised: what is Mueller’s jurisdiction, and will the public learn what he uncovers?

At the Atlantic, David Frum writes:

Donald Trump

How Will We Know if the Russia-Trump Investigations by Congress and the FBI Are Credible?

To date, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and congressional Republican leaders have resisted calls for an independent investigation of the scandals concerning Russia and Donald Trump and his circle—the most serious of which is possible collusion of members of the Trump campaign in Russia's interference in the presidential election.

Executive Power

Can Department Heads Refuse White House Orders?

The Washington Post reports that, during the first chaotic weekend of the Trump executive order regarding refugees and immigrants, chief White House strategist Steve Bannon ordered the head of the Department of Homeland Security, retired general John Kelly, not to go ahead with Kelly's plan to issue exemptions for lawful permanent residents (green card holders). But Kelly refused: