A few quick reactions to the HPSCI Chairman's press conferences and revelations today.
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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.
While less grandiose than an independent commission, a select committee devoted to investigating the Russia Connection has the advantages both of being achievable and of having the right mix of tools for doing the job well.
Newly-named National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster has been praised as a "good choice" by former military officials to fill the role left vacant by the resignation of retired Lt. General Michael T. Flynn.
This evening the Washington Post reported that, National Security Advisor General Michael Flynn discussed sanctions during his December phone calls with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Previously both Flynn and the White House had repeated denied the accusation.
Yesterday, over ninety tech firms filed a brief challenging Trump’s immigration ban, which hurts the tech sector the most. It is bad for hiring, growth, and most of all the tech company brand. After much equivocating, tech firms are finally vocalizing the threat that isolationism poses to the industry.
While President Trump’s statements on Russia have led to heightened concern, the new OFAC general license is not in any way a nefarious stealth relaxation of sanctions targeting Russia.
The malevolence and incompetence of the EO on immigrations may prove its constitutional undoing. While courts have never imposed meaningful constraints on the executive branch in this context, that does not mean that they won’t do so here.
Fear not. A quick analysis of why FISA will continue to operate following the dismissal of Acting Attorney General Sally Yates.
A collection of notable responses to President Trump’s Executive Order suspending immigrant and refugee entry to the US.