Appointments, Confirmations & Budgets

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Beneath the high-profile conflicts over civil liberties or targeted killings, a myriad more mundane decisions lie at the intersection of national security and the law. Our constitutional process requires the advice and consent of the Senate for many high-level executive positions, including those responsible for national security, and each year, Congress must pass a budget that includes funding for the armed forces and intelligence agencies. Sometimes these confirmation and budgetary battles become proxy fights for larger and deeper disagreements, and often, they simply reflect the petty partisan politics of the age.

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Starting at 9:30am this morning, the Senate Judiciary Committee is holding a confirmation hearing for Christopher Wray, President Trump's nominee for FBI Director. Follow the livestream and keep up with Lawfare's liveblog below.

Wray's prepared remarks are available here.

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Liveblog: Rod Rosenstein Testifies Before Senate Appropriations Subcommittee

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Appointments, Confirmations & Budgets

Video: Confirmation Hearing for Rod Rosenstein and Rachel Brand as Deputy and Associate AG

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