Apart from its primary claim of unreviewable power over criminal investigations, the January 2018 letter from the president's lawyers to Special Counsel Robert Mueller makes a number of remarkable, and sometimes very questionable, assertions.
David Kris is a founder of Culper Partners LLC. He previously served as assistant attorney general for national security, associate deputy attorney general, trial attorney at the Department of Justice, general counsel at Intellectual Ventures, and deputy general counsel and chief ethics and compliance officer at Time Warner. He is the author or co-author of several works on national security, including the treatise National Security Investigations and Prosecutions, and has taught at Georgetown University and the University of Washington.
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The Washington Post reports that the FBI has repeatedly overstated the number of devices it can’t unlock.
In the midst of an apparent congressional effort to undermine the Mueller investigation, it’s a good time to review some legal, normative, and historical standards in an effort to measure how, once again, we may be boldly going where no one has gone before.
Recent headlines about a supposedly dramatic rise in rejected FISA applications rest on a misleading apples-to-oranges comparison.
President Trump and his incoming national security adviser, John Bolton, make for a potentially explosive mix of ideology, temperament and ability.
Thomas Baker’s recent op-ed in the Wall Street Journal is eminently forgettable. But its misguided criticism of the FBI’s post-9/11 embrace of counterintelligence highlights how much has changed since Donald Trump took office.