Susan Hennessey

Susan Hennessey is Managing Editor of Lawfare and General Counsel of the Lawfare Institute. She is a Brookings Fellow in National Security Law. Prior to joining Brookings, Ms. Hennessey was an attorney in the Office of General Counsel of the National Security Agency. She is a graduate of Harvard Law School and the University of California, Los Angeles.

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The Russia Connection

It’s Time for a Select Committee on Russia (Also, We Told You So)

In light of HPSCI Chairman Devin Nunes's behavior yesterday, it is worth briefly reviewing the need for the new select committee, as well as our arguments as to why a select committee has advantages over an independent bipartisan commission—the model preferred by many Trump critics.

The Russia Connection

The Rules of Congressional Investigations and Trump’s Growing Russia Problem

Amidst talk about the multitude of congressional investigations into the Russia Connection, an overview on Congress derives investigative authority, how it procedurally sets up committees and vests them with investigative authority, and the major investigative tools and enforcement mechanisms at its disposal.