Acting senior officials don’t have the same practical ability to push back against a president, drive change within their organizations internally or raise issues for congressional attention.
Joshua A. Geltzer is Executive Director and Visiting Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center's Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection and a Fellow in New America’s International Security Program. He served from 2015 to 2017 as Senior Director for Counterterrorism at the National Security Council and, before that, as Deputy Legal Adviser to the National Security Council.
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