Philip Bobbitt

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Philip Bobbitt is the Herbert Wechsler Professor of Jurisprudence and Director of the Center on National Security at Columbia Law School and Distinguished Senior Lecturer at the University of Texas. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and a former trustee of Princeton University. He has served in all three branches of government, during seven administrations, most recently as a member of the External Advisory Board of the CIA. He has published ten books, chiefly on U.S. constitutional law, nuclear strategy, and the history and evolution of the State. His most recent work is Impeachment: A Handbook (with Black, New Edition) (2018).

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Did Trump Tell Flynn to Talk to the Russian Ambassador—and Lie About It?

On Tuesday, during lunch at my desk, I watched a CNN roundtable which, though pretty hard on General Flynn, professed to be baffled as to what happened after Sally Yates went to the White House Counsel to warn that Flynn had been lying about his contacts with the Russian ambassador and that the Russians were aware of this. Why did it take seventeen days before Flynn was fired? Didn’t the president take these warnings seriously?

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