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Rules and Norms in the Trump Presidency: The Risks and Rewards of ‘Playing It Straight’ on the Inside

James Comey famously does things his own way, and the Department of Justice inspector general has not approved. Having criticized the former FBI director’s handling of the Clinton email investigation, the inspector general most recently upbraided him for his use of “sensitive investigative information” in sounding an alarm about Donald Trump.

The Russia Connection

Why the FBI’s Investigation Into the President Was Unavoidable

The New York Times has reported that, in the wake of President Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey, the bureau opened a counterintelligence investigation into the president. At one level, of course, this is not surprising—John Bellinger identified Donald Trump as a potential danger to U.S.

Federal Law Enforcement

The Inspector General on the FBI in Fall 2016: How a Fateful Delay Set the Stage for the Ultimate October Surprise

The Inspector General (OIG) report (see Lawfare’s summary here) on the Clinton email investigation has reinvigorated a parade of what-ifs surrounding the 2016 presidential election. What if former FBI director James Comey hadn’t criticized Hillary Clinton publicly in July 2016, even as Comey declined to recommend Clinton’s prosecution?

Federal Law Enforcement

Comey on Ethical Leadership

“I am reluctant to write a memoir and would rather write about leadership,” my friend Jim Comey told me in an email on June 16, 2017, about five weeks after Donald Trump fired him as Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Comey was starting to focus on writing a book, and we were discussing literary agents, book-writing techniques, and the like. “The sweet spot,” I suggested, “is to write a book about leadership but use 4-5 searing or exemplary experiences from your life to illustrate.” I am sure Comey got similar advice from many people.

Federal Law Enforcement

James Comey’s Honest Loyalty: Leadership Ethics and the Role of Process

When James Comey became the FBI director, he set out to build what he terms in his new book the “government’s premier leadership factory.” The leaders he hoped to train successfully would be distinguished by, among other characteristics, their integrity, decency and their joy in the moral content and meaning of their work. He conveyed these expectations to his new employees, emphasizing that this was an ethical-leadership model that required a deeply personal commitment. So personal, in fact, that he issued a novel directive: “I order you to love somebody.

Federal Law Enforcement

'I Hope This Is an Instance of Fake News': FBI Messages Show the Bureau's Real Reaction to Trump Firing James Comey

When President Trump fired James Comey as FBI director last May, the special agent in charge of the Detroit field office, David Gelios, wrote an email to his staff:

The Russia Connection

Why Hasn’t Rod Rosenstein Recused Himself From the Mueller Investigation?

One puzzle that deepens with Mike Schmidt’s New York Times story on “Trump’s Struggle to Keep [a] Grip on [the] Russia Investigation” is why Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has not recused himself from overseeing the Mueller investigation. On Lawfare’s special edition podcast Thursday, Susan Hennessey briefly raised the issue, but the puzzle is worth unpacking a bit more.

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