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Recap of Recent Posts on Just Security (May 20 – May 26)

I. Trump Administration Foreign Policy

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Can Flynn Assert a Fifth Amendment Privilege to Withhold Documents?


The news that retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, Trump’s former national security advisor and campaign aide, has refused to comply with a Senate Intelligence Committee subpoena for documents raises the question of when witnesses may lawfully resist subpoenas for testimony or documents based on Fifth Amendment grounds, which is the basis cited by Flynn’s lawyer.…   continue »

The Drip, Drip of Obstruction News


The news yesterday that Donald Trump asked the Director of National Intelligence, Daniel Coats, and the director of the National Security Agency, Adm. Michael Rogers, to publicly deny the existence of any evidence of collusion between the Russians and the Trump campaign to influence the presidential election may, or may not, contribute to the overall emerging picture of obstruction of justice by the president.…   continue »

Politicians Keep Buying Kris Kobach’s Ideas Despite Track Record of Failure


Kris Kobach, the Secretary of State for Kansas and an anti-immigrant and vote-suppressing activist, has been angling for a job in the Trump administration since the election. But which of Kobach’s two long-time obsessions—making life miserable for immigrants (including his so-called “self-deportation” policies) or making it impossible for certain citizens to vote—would the Trump administration indulge?…   continue »

What Lincoln Thought of “America First”


Abraham Lincoln neither spoke nor read any language other than English and would never travel abroad, but he was an internationalist in sentiment, conviction and politics. His internationalism was not a vague or transient feeling, but a firmly rooted belief that was a necessary and logical part of his defense of American democracy.…   continue »

So You Want to Share Intelligence with Russia … There Are Less Risky Ways to Do It


President Donald Trump clearly believes there is an opportunity for the United States to work with Russia on counterterrorism and the fight against ISIS. Some commentators who’ve defended his intelligence disclosure to the Russians say that it makes sense to work with the Russians in this area, and sharing intelligence with Moscow on the ISIS threat would be a natural outgrowth of that approach.  continue »