Special Counsel Robert Mueller has concluded his investigation, and many questions remain. Chief among them is what animated Mueller’s decision not to reach a conclusion on possible obstruction of justice by the president. Why did he choose to follow Department of Justice policy prohibiting the indictment of a sitting president? Would he have indicted the president without that policy? Why did he seemingly leave it to Congress—and, perhaps inadvertently, to Attorney General William Barr—to make a final judgment on the president’s conduct?
Michael V. Hayden was director of the National Security Agency from 1999 to 2005, principal deputy director of national intelligence from 2005 to 2006, and director of the Central Intelligence Agency from 2006 to 2009. He is the author of two books: "Playing to the Edge" and "The Assault on Intelligence."
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It is very likely that the “Nunes memo” will be made public sometime today despite strong FBI and Justice Department objections that the memo is misleading, threatens sources and methods and politicizes the FISA process.
Yesterday FBI Director Wray went public with his objections, cutting against the wishes of a president who appears to prize personal loyalty above all.
Years ago, then-New Republic editor Michael Kinsley famously joked that he was going to change the name of the magazine to Even the Liberal New Republic, a quip on the uncomfortable frequency with which conservatives cited the magazine to support their views.