Donald Trump is the President Elect of the United States. And over the next few weeks, personnel questions will move to the forefront of transition coverage. Who will Trump select or retain in key Cabinet and federal positions? Who should be willing to serve and under what terms? There are many unknowns.
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Donald Trump’s policy approach toward China and the Asia-Pacific region is a story yet to be written. The only thing observers in the United States and around the world know for sure is that uncertainty has increased drastically since Monday in economic, geostrategic, and political ties across the Pacific. In the coming weeks and months, answers to several crucial questions will emerge at an unpredictable rate. In this post, I outline several of those questions and then provide an initial reading list for those analyzing potential policy futures for Trump in Asia.
Two days ago, Hillary Clinton was formally cleared, again, of the specter of criminal wrongdoing in the FBI’s email investigation. The only cloud left is the one history is deciding whether to permanently affix over FBI Director James Comey.
I doubt anyone would pay much attention to my political opinions and it would be vain to assume otherwise. Most voters have their minds made up by now. But there are some subjects as to which I have some special expertise, some informed view that the reader might not get from some more general source.
So what do I have specially to contribute and how is it relevant to tomorrow’s election?
For almost exactly a year, Lawfare has been closely watching and commenting on the 2016 presidential campaign. As the campaign season finally draws to a close, below is a compendium of all the site’s election coverage, including Lawfare’s commentary on both candidates, Russian attempts to influence the election, and more. I have organized it all by subject matter.
The Washington Post recently ran a interview arguing that what’s fundamentally lacking in this election is more “empathy” for Trump supporters, including the most racist, misogynist, and xenophobic among them.
My colleague Ben Buchanan and I have written a paper on cybersecurity threats to American elections. While we examine operations that try to influence American voters—like the much-publicized hack of various Democratic Party entities—we also examine threats to voting infrastructure itself. We consider the motivations of hackers for targeting elections, the plausible threats to election security, and the effects of real and perceived manipulation.
Recent news reports indicate that the FBI has obtained a warrant to search a cache of emails belonging to Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin. The emails were discovered in the course of an “unrelated case” involving Abedin’s now-estranged husband, Anthony Weiner, who is under investigation for allegedly sexting with an underage girl.
Over the last 48 hours, a parade of former senior Justice Department officials of both parties have written op-eds or given interviews slamming FBI Director James Comey for his action last week on the Clinton email matter. Former Attorney General Eric Holder writes this morning in the Washington Post that Comey’s “decision was incorrect.
Yesterday, FBI Director James Comey threw the presidential election campaign into turmoil with a letter to Congress declaring that the Clinton email matter was, perhaps, not entirely done after all.