The Department of Defense has sent a request to Congress to roll back post-service lobbying restrictions for former general and flag officers and senior Pentagon civilians. That’s a terrible idea.
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John Bies’s Sept. 30 post (“Giuliani Cannot Rely on Attorney-Client Privilege to Avoid Congressional Testimony”) is informative but doesn’t quite explain the full scope of a lawyer’s confidentiality responsibilities, nor does it address the implications of Congress compelling an attorney to breach them.
Someone at the Justice Department Wants Ethics Advice on Whitaker’s Supervision of the Mueller Investigation
Yesterday evening, we received a response to one of our FOIA requests asking whether anyone has sought or received internal ethics guidance on Whitaker’s involvement in the Mueller investigation.
Has Whitaker Sought Ethics Advice on His Involvement with the Mueller Investigation? Inquiring Minds Want to Know
We’re using FOIA to find out whether the acting attorney general has consulted with career ethics experts on his involvement with the Mueller investigation. If not, that could be a major red flag.
President Trump has given his reasons why he does not worry, nor should we, about Donald Trump, Jr.’s meeting with Russians. He has not long been in politics, Mr. Trump says, but he knows it’s not a “nice” business. Anyone in that line of work would have taken the meeting and reviewed the information tendered—just “standard opposition research”—on the Hillary Clinton.
Today's New York Times contains this tidbit in an article about Marc Kasowitz and his role in the Trump White House: "In recent days, Mr. Kasowitz has advised White House aides to discuss the inquiry into Russia’s interference in last year’s election as little as possible, two people involved said.