A review of John Gans, "White House Warriors: How the National Security Council Transformed the American Way of War" (Liveright, 2019).
Christopher Fonzone is a partner in Sidley Austin’s Washington office. Before joining Sidley, he served as Deputy Assistant to the President, Deputy Counsel to the President, and National Security Council Legal Adviser, and also worked at the Departments of Justice and Defense. His posts here express his views and do not necessarily reflect the views of Sidley Austin or its clients. The posts are also for general informational purposes and are not intended to be and should not be taken as legal advice.
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Is the president's persistent and deliberate failure to identify candidates for executive branch offices not merely a sign of inept governance and deadlocked politics but also, at least in certain cases, a legal failing as well?