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norms

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.

Public Opinion

Confidence in Mueller’s Investigation: July Update

In July 2017, we began an ongoing investigation of the public’s confidence in national security matters. Since October of that year, we have been tracking public confidence in the work of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian election interference in 2016 and his review of efforts to obstruct inquiries into that interference.

Podcasts

The Lawfare Podcast Special Edition: Robert Mueller Testifies Before Congress

Former special counsel Robert S. Mueller III testified on Wednesday before the House Intelligence and Judiciary Committees. Following the hearing, Lawfare brought together Jim Baker, Bob Bauer, Susan Hennessey and Margaret Taylor for a conversation hosted by Benjamin Wittes. They talked about the testimony, what it means for Congress and President Trump, and they talked about Mueller’s legacy as he leaves the scene.

Mueller Investigation

Mueller on Trump: Everything the Special Counsel’s Report Says the President Did, Said or Knew

Robert Mueller is testifying before Congress on Wednesday, and members will no doubt ask him repeatedly for his views and findings about President Trump. Mueller has made clear that he has no intention of going beyond what he said in the report itself, which he called “his testimony.” He will likely be firmest on this point with respect to the sensitive issue of presidential conduct.

Congress

Livestream: Experts Testify Before House Judiciary Committee Regarding Presidential Obstruction

The House Committee on the Judiciary will host a hearing entitled "Lessons from the Mueller Report: Presidential Obstruction and Other Crimes" at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday. A video of the hearing is available below, along with witnesses' prepared testimonies.

Witnesses include John Dean, former White House counsel under President Richard Nixon; Joyce White Vance, former U.S. Attorney; John Malcolm, Senior Legal Fellow at the Heritage Foundation; and Barbara McQuade, former U.S. Attorney.

Federal Law Enforcement

Defending Mueller’s Constitutional Analysis on Obstruction and Faithful Execution

The extent to which federal obstruction of justice statutes apply to the president, especially when concerning actions facially within the office’s powers under Article II, has been hotly contested at least since President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey in May 2017.

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