The vote on whether to grant General Austin a waiver is a vote on whether the waiver will be a real constraint in the future.
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Krebs, the first director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, was able to serve in a political position under President Trump without compromising his integrity. He made a significant contribution.
Trump political appointee Michael Ellis has been named to an important career position. Congress should investigate the suspicious circumstances of the selection, and the Biden transition should think carefully about what to do on Jan. 20.
Heading into Tuesday, there was a very long list of things that could go wrong. Many have not come to pass so far.
There are no plausible benign explanations for Trump’s conduct here. Even three days before the election, people should care.
Had any other attorney general given the speech Barr gave this week, nobody would have noticed. In the context of his recent actions, Barr’s words amount to a defense of politicized justice.
The whistleblower claims the national security adviser personally gave explicit instructions to the Department of Homeland Security to prioritize intelligence about Chinese interference.