The FBI is investigating an alleged kidnapping scheme involving ex-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. Donald Trump Jr. was in direct contact with Wikileaks during the 2016 campaign. And author and scholar Yascha Mounk, our special guest this week while both Tamara and Susan are away, breaks down the breakdown in democracy. Plus, I've got your holiday gift wrapping needs covered. And Yascha joins the #BabyCannonSociety.
Benjamin Wittes is editor in chief of Lawfare and a Senior Fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution. He is the author of several books and is co-chair of the Hoover Institution's Working Group on National Security, Technology, and Law.
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Trump campaign adviser Carter Page says officials knew about his conversations with Russians. The Saudi government launches an alleged anti-corruption push, but is it really a power grab? And CIA Director Mike Pompeo is entertaining an alternate theory about the Russia hacks. Plus, Tamara shares some depressing statistics about the Foreign Service. And I am unmasking—and drinking.
Our take on the Wall Street Journal’s shocking story.
The Wall Street Journal this morning broke a major story: Special Counsel Robert Mueller is investigating President Trump's former national security advisor, Gen. Michael Flynn, for allegedly plotting with Turkish officials to arrange the extrajudicial removal of Fethullah Gulen from the United States in exchange for a boatload of money.
Last week’s indictments had a huge impact on public confidence in Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is trusted more than any of the other actors working on the matter.
The Public is Not that Fussed About the Surveillance State: Confidence in the Intelligence Community and its Authorities
The public has confidence in the intelligence community. It’s comfortable with the authorities the IC wields and the privacy protections that bind it. And few respondents believe that current authorities should either lapse or be reformed.
The public has great confidence in the military—not so much in ongoing military operations. It has little confidence in the President on national security—and even less on specific national security matters.